A 30-year-old man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for the 2016 strangulation killing of a Mission teenager.
A Wyandotte County jury in June found Carlos A. Gallegos guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of 18-year-old Monica J. Chavira.
Chavira was found dead in July 2016 at a motel in the 500 block of Southwest Boulevard. She had been strangled with a boot string.
Under Kansas law, Gallegos will have to serve 50 years before he is eligible for parole.
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At his sentencing on Friday, Gallegos spoke through a Spanish interpreter and asked that he be serve only 25 years before parole eligibility.
“I think this truly did happen,” he said. “But is wasn’t premeditated.”
Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Tatum said the killing was “extremely brutal” and that Gallegos has never expressed remorse for what happened.
“He does not deserve a break,” she said.
District Judge Dexter Burdette denied the request.