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Nephew convicted of uncle’s murder

A WESTMINSTER man was convicted Thursday in the 2015 shooting death of his uncle. He faces 80 years to life in state prison.

A WESTMINSTER man was convicted Thursday in the 2015 shooting death of his uncle. He faces 80 years to life in state prison.

A Westminster man was convicted Thursday for the murder of his uncle in an argument after a birthday party in 2015. According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, Daniel Lee Duvall, 39, was found guilty of first-degree murder with a sentencing enhancement for using a gun.

Duvall now faces a maximum sentence of 80 years to life in state prison. A co-defendant, Tina Pauline Arbogast, 49, also of Westminster, is charged with being an accessory after the fact. If convicted, she faces up to three years in state prison. Arbogast is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on April 14 in the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.

Duvall was at a birthday party for Arbogast at her home in Westminster on March 8, 2015. At around 10 p.m., he got into an argument with his uncle, Frank Duvall, 56, inside the home.

According to the OCDA, the nephew brandished a firearm and followed his uncle out to the man’s van. He then shot the victim once in the torso, wounding him fatally.

Arbogast then allegedly took Daniel Duvall’s firearm and drove away, fleeing the scene in her own vehicle, while Daniel left on his motorcycle. They then drove to Riverside County.

Westminster police tracked the two to a gated community in Canyon Lake and arrested them.

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