The Genesee County Prosecutor's Office has announced a guilty verdict against a Flint man who strangled his girlfriend to death in 2012.

Jacob Morales Perez, 41, was convicted of second degree murder in the August 2012 death of his live-in girlfriend, Angela Vance. The two were at their home on Minnesota Avenue in the City of Flint when they got into an argument and Vance slapped Perez in the face knocking his glasses off. Perez then lunged at Vance and strangled her to death. After strangling Vance, Perez went outside and drank beer before calling his brother on the phone. The brother and sister of Perez came to the residence and after seeing Vance was dead, called 911. Perez admitted to strangling Vance but claimed he lost it after being slapped.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said "this was a very tragic case that resulted from an individual lashing out in the most extreme way after becoming enraged when his girlfriend slapped him. Justice for Angela required that he be held accountable for his lethal actions."

Perez - who had a previous felony conviction and misdemeanor conviction - faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced on February 18th.

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