Mexican national gets life in student's slaying
A Mexican national has been sentenced to life in prison for raping and strangling a Texas college student and setting her body on fire.world Updated: Feb 28, 2009 08:36 IST
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.
First Published: Feb 28, 2009 08:35 IST