APPLE VALLEY, Ca. – A 31-year-old Apple Valley man was sentenced to 21 years in prison earlier this month for a shooting that killed a Victorville man.
Anna Parker, with Victor Valley Court Updates(VVCU), reported that Howard Dale Armstrong, was learned to be the suspect involved in the murder of Keenan Handley, a 44-year-old Victorville man. Handley was found deceased on the desert near Stoddard Wells Road in the Town of Apple Valley on August 12, 2018, Homicide detectives responded to the scene and through further investigation, it was learned that Armstrong was the last person known to be with Handley.
On August 14, 2018, a search warrant was conducted at Armstrong ‘s home. Armstrong was interviewed and was arrested for the murder of Handley. Armstrong accepted a plea deal on July 17, 2019, pleading guilty to manslaughter, with an addition sentencing enhancement of Using a Firearm during the commission of the manslaughter.
On October 4, 2018, Armstrong was sentenced to 21 years in prison. He was credited for 417 days of time served, a matter of approximately a year and two months. He was also credited for an additional 62 days in conduct credit, VVCU reported. He will be required to serve the balance of his sentence with 15% credited for conduct.
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