New penalty of 99 years for student killer

December 15, 2010 7:46:35 AM PST
A man whose 50-year prison sentence over the 2007 slaying of his ex-girlfriend in Denton was overturned must now serve nearly twice as long. The Denton Record-Chronicle reported Wednesday that the new prison term for 27-year-old Sean Kresse is 99 years.

The case involves the 2007 strangulation of 21-year-old Lorena "Lori" Sandoval. The University of North Texas senior from El Paso had broken up with Kresse.

Kresse in 2009 pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced, by a jury, to 50 years in prison.

The defense appealed over the judge's rulings on witnesses and evidence. An appeals court in April overturned Kresse's prison term and ordered a new sentencing phase.

A different jury on Friday ordered the 99-year prison term for Kresse. His attorney did not immediately comment.


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