A Mexican national has been sentenced to life in prison for raping and strangling a Texas college student and setting her body on fire.
Ernesto Reyes, 21, was convicted Friday of capital murder. He received an automatic life sentence in the 2007 killing of 19-year-old Melanie Goodwin, who was in her second year at the University of North Texas.
Goodwin was found dead behind an office building in a Dallas suburb.
Reyes, a Mexican immigrant who was in the United States legally, fled to his homeland after the killing. U.S. marshals arrested him a month later.
Mexican authorities agreed to release Reyes to Texas prosecutors only if they pledged not to seek the death penalty. The defense called no witnesses at the trial.