Abilene man pleads guilty to murdering girlfriend, receives 45-year sentence

Manuel Hernandez Talavera, 46, of Abilene, pleaded guilty and received a 45-year sentence for hitting Sonia Trucks, 40, with a gun and then shooting her at a residence in the 1900 block of Clinton Street in Abilene.

ABILENE, Texas - A 46-year-old Abilene man pleaded guilty Friday to murdering his girlfriend during May of 2016.

Manuel Talavera received a 45-year sentence as part of a plea agreement.

Sona Trucks, 40, was found dead in her home in the 1900 block of Clinton Street in Abilene on May 22.

Authorities said Talavera hit her with a gun and then shot her. Trucks' daughter was home at the time but managed to hide. She then called 9-1-1. The shooting happened on her 11th birthday.