No-contest plea in 2010 Hillsborough fatal shooting 

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On the eve of his trial for murder, a Hillsborough man pleaded no contest to manslaughter Friday for shooting his friend to death during an argument at the suspect’s parents’ home in 2010, prosecutors said.

Bradley Kleiman, 31, entered the plea to voluntary manslaughter and to allegations that he used a firearm in the killing. He served a prior prison commitment, following eight days of pretrial motions, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

The June 15, 2010 shooting of 30-year-old Christopher Calvache was the first homicide in the quiet, wealthy Peninsula suburb since 2004.

According to prosecutors, Kleiman and Calvache were in the pool house of Kleiman’s parents’ De Sabla Road home and were planning to go out to dinner together when an argument began, and Kleiman shot Calvache twice in the head and once in the buttocks.

Kleiman then called 911 and reported he had accidentally shot his friend, prosecutors said.

Police officers arriving at the home saw Kleiman carrying marijuana plants in the backyard, and found Calvache dead in the pool house, prosecutors said.

Kleiman, the son of a San Mateo civil attorney, has prior convictions for felony drunken driving and evading police, and for misdemeanor assault, according to authorities.

Last April, court-appointed doctors found Kleiman mentally competent to stand trial.

Kleiman faces seven years in prison at his sentencing March 23, according to the District Attorneys’ Office.

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