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U.S. Marshal Gets|15 Months for Lying

LOS ANGELES (CN) - A former U.S. marshal was sentenced Monday to 15 months in federal prison for lying to Los Angeles police after he shot a man to death.

Matthew Itkowitz, 47, now of Suffern, N.Y., shot and killed 26-year-old Ryan Gonzalez in West Hollywood in 2008. A federal jury convicted him of obstructing justice in July.

"Itkowitz falsely characterized an altercation that led to the shooting, and his version of events was contradicted by a video made by a security camera in the alley where the shooting took place," the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement Monday.

During trial the judge dropped charges of violating Gonzalez's constitutional rights, and a gun charge. The jury acquitted him of obstructing justice by lying to the U.S. Marshals Service, but convicted him for lying to the LAPD.

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