Dennis Aviles Sentenced To 78 Years In Prison For Killing His Girlfriend In 2014

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Brevard Circuit Judge Morgan Laur Reinmen sentenced 36-year-old Dennis Aviles to a total of 78 years prison on Tuesday for shooting and killing his girlfriend in 2014.

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Brevard Circuit Judge Morgan Laur Reinmen sentenced 36-year-old Dennis Aviles to a total of 78 years prison on Tuesday for shooting and killing his girlfriend in 2014.

Authorities say Aviles won’t be eligible for release until he is 84-years-old.

In October, a jury of six found Aviles guilty of manslaughter with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, providing false statements to law enforcement and altering, destroying or concealing evidence.

On August 28, 2014, Aviles called 911 to report that he and his 32-year-old girlfriend, Tahnika Duppins, were robbed at gunpoint and she had been shot.

Aviles told detectives two black males came to the couple’s home on Johnson Street to buy crack cocaine. Aviles said a struggle ensued and that’s when his girlfriend was shot.

Tahnika Duppins

However, the investigation later revealed Aviles made up the story and three other versions of a story in an attempt to shift blame away from himself.

The evidence and witness testimony yielded the conclusion that Aviles shot his girlfriend on purpose after an argument with her.

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“His time in prison will never bring the victim back to her family, but at least it gives them closure,” said Detective Debra Titkanich.

“Ms. Duppins’s family can now begin to move forward and at least take comfort in knowing Mr. Aviles will not be able to harm anyone else.”

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