Father gets probation in Texas, lied to help ex-officer son

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EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge has ordered probation for a father who lied to protect his rookie Los Angeles police officer son charged in an off-duty slaying.

Victor Manuel Solis of Lancaster, California, was sentenced Thursday in El Paso to three years of probation and fined $1,000. The father in June was convicted of making false statements to the FBI amid the search for his son.

Investigators say Henry Solis, with help from his father, fled to Mexico after a March fatal shooting near a nightclub in Pomona, California. The victim was Salome Rodriguez.

Henry Solis was then fired and urged to surrender. He was arrested in May in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, across the border from El Paso, where the family has relatives. Henry Solis was deported and returned to California.

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