A man has been sentenced to life in prison nearly two decades after the rape and murder of a Philadelphia teenager.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Rafael Crespo received a life-sentence without the possibility of parole Thursday in Philadelphia. The 49-year-old man also received 15 to 30 years for sexual-assault charges.
Crespo was charged in the strangulation murder of 17-year-old Anjeanette Maldonado, whose nude body was found in a vacant city house on the 1700 block of N Hope Street in October 1996.
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DNA evidence connected Crespo to the crimes in 2012. He then confessed to accosting her.
Crespo's attorney has argued that his client left Maldonado alive. Crespo waived his right to a jury trial in exchange for prosecutors not seeking the death penalty.
The defense told the judge that Crespo plans to appeal.