KUSA - Francisco Rojas Carbajal, 32, was sentenced to 48 years in prison for the cold-case murder of Julia Abarca. Rojas pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and identity theft on Oct. 9.
Abarca, 42, was found dead in her home in January 2011. She died from asphyxiation by strangulation.
From Dec. 28, 2010 to Jan. 4, 2011, $1,570 in financial transactions were made using Abarca's debit cards.
Rojas was arrested June 20 for the murder of Julia Abarca.
Rojas was sentenced to the maximum sentence for the second-degree murder because his use of the Abarca's credit card at liquor stores following the murder "illustrated his lack of remorse."
"We are very pleased with the sentence in this case and hope that this helps Julia Abarca's family to heal and begin to move forward." District Attorney Peter Weir said.
Rojas was sentenced to 48 years in prison for the second-degree murder charge and six years for the identity theft charge. He will serve them concurrently.
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