Fresno teen receives 40-years to life for murder

FRESNO, Calif.

19-year-old Ruben Ortiz said nothing in court Wednesday ... but his parents and lawyer said the killing of 15-year-old Chrisna Long in March 2008 was in self-defense.

The Ortiz case drew widespread publicity because a Fresno County superior court judge who sat as a juror was accused of misconduct for sending e-mails from the courtroom during the trial.

After a two-day hearing, Judge Jim Oppliger was cleared of misconduct, the court ruled he did not do anything that would require a new trial for Ortiz.

The teen has no prior criminal record and will be eligible for parole in his early 50's.

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