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Lompoc man pleads guilty to girlfriend's murder

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Posted at 6:49 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 21:49:18-05

A Lompoc man pleaded guilty this week to the murder of his girlfriend and was sentenced to 28 years to life in prison.

On March 25, 2020, 18-year-old Sarah Stoffle was found dead from a gunshot wound at her home on North Y Street in Lompoc.

Her boyfriend, 21-year-old Brenden Michael Terry, was arrested shortly thereafter.

In addition to a charge of murder, Terry pleaded guilty to three counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury.

During Terry's court hearing, Sarah's mother shared memories of her daughter.

"Such a beautiful person; she was smart, kindhearted, funny, caring and was loved by so many people. She could make the grumpiest person smile and laugh with her light-heartedness. We will forever miss her," Angelica Stoffle said.