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Cold case killer sentenced to life in prison

Posted at 11:48 AM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-03 13:48:09-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - A man convicted in a 2012 cold case murder was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

DNA evidence led to the conviction of Jose Javier Aleman-Rodriguez was convicted of first-degree murder in the case.

Police responded to a welfare check call and found 49-year-old Roberto Castro-Coronado dead and locked inside his own house, covered in a blanket. The body had 30 lacerations on the head and neck area. Several objects in the home -- including a frying pan, beach bottle and hammer -- appeared to have been used as weapons against Castro-Coronado.

DNA testing of blood on some of the objects connected Aleman-Rodriguez to the crime.