A 53-year-old West Texas man must serve life in prison for using a baseball bat to fatally beat his girlfriend.
Jesus Fernando Chavez of El Paso was sentenced Wednesday after earlier pleading guilty to murder in the August 2014 death of 51-year-old Laura Lara.
Investigators say the Lara suffered severe head injuries in the attack and died several days later at an El Paso hospital.
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Attorneys for Chavez had argued that the slaying was a crime of passion. Prosecutors say the evidence indicated the fatal beating was a cold, calculated attack.