FRESNO, Calif. – A California judge has sentenced a man to 25 years to life in prison for deliberately hitting a woman with his car, then running her down and killing her as she limped into an alfalfa field.
The Fresno Bee says 50-year-old Felipe Guerra Sanchez fled to Mexico after the 1985 killing of 34-year-old Carmen Achutegui.
He later returned to California and was working as a truck driver under another name when he was arrested in 2008.
Prosecutor say Sanchez deliberately ran over Achutegui on a rural road near San Joaquin. As she limped into a field, Sanchez ran her over again.
The motive for the killing isn't known.
A jury last month convicted him of first-degree murder and he was sentenced Monday by a Fresno County judge.