Mentally ill man gets life for 2008 killing

February 25, 2011 10:48:44 AM PST
A Texas judge has ordered life in prison for a mentally ill man convicted of killing a woman he wrongly thought was his estranged wife. Jurors in Dallas earlier Thursday convicted Juan Seghelmeble of murder in the 2008 death of a woman in Richardson who was stabbed 33 times. Gladys Rivera Reyes was walking home from work.

Seghelmeble asked the judge, not a jury, to sentence him. The Dallas Morning News reports Judge Gracie Lewis considered the man's diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenic, but also noted the "extreme nature" of the slaying.

Relatives say Seghelmeble was on disability for mental problems at the time of the killing.

The judge last week ruled Seghelmeble was competent, after questions about his ability to assist his attorney led to a mistrial days earlier.