A suspect who fled to Mexico after being questioned by Dallas police when his ex-girlfriend disappeared has been sentenced to life in prison for her 2015 death.
Faustino Lara Valdez was convicted Friday of murder in the death of Marisol Espinosa. The 34-year-old hairdresser was reported missing after failing to show up for work at a mall.
The 37-year-old Valdez, who did not testify in his Dallas trial, faced up to life in prison during the penalty phase.
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Police questioned Valdez shortly after the woman's December 2015 disappearance.
Espinosa's remains were discovered weeks later dumped under a Dallas highway bridge. A plastic bag was over her head. A medical examiner determined Espinosa died of suffocation or strangulation.
The FBI says Valdez was returned from Mexico in July 2017 to face a murder charge.