Ellen Goldberg, NBC 5 News
The capital murder trial for Jose Sifuentes ended before it started when Sifuentes pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of murder in the killing 10-year-old Jasmen Gonzalez who was found stabbed to death in a ditch in October 2011.
The man who raped and killed 10-year-old Jasmen Gonzalez will be eligible for parole in 30 years.
Jury selection was scheduled to begin Monday in the murder trial of Jose Sifuentes, who, in 2011, was charged with killing the girl. Before the trial began however, Sifuentes reached a plea deal and plead guilty to the murder.
With the plea, Sifuentes will now be eligible for parole in 30 years.
The family of the victim took the stand Monday and said Sifuentes should never walk free.
"This person is a sick man. He's a psychopath who does not deserve to live," said Rebecca Gonzalez, the victim's aunt.
Sifuentes showed no reaction as relatives, including the victim's sister and father, talked about the night the girl was reported missing.
"I think this case shows is that he was a psychopath. He stole this little girl from her family. She was not a stranger to him. This was not the boogeyman," said Brandon Birmingham, prosecutor.
The trial was originally scheduled to start two weeks ago, but was delayed so that Sifuentes could undergo a mental evalution after Sifuentes said Jesus told him that the judge killed Gonzalez.
Psychiatrists said, after conducting the mental evaluation, that Sifuentes was faking a mental illness.
Editor's note: A previous version of this report said Jose Sifuentes was sentenced to life in prison. He was sentenced to 30 years. We regret the error.