Student Mollie Tibbettskiller sentenced to LIFE in prison with no parole

THE man convicted of murdering University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts in 2018 was sentenced to life in prison on Monday.

Cristhian Bahena Rivera, who was found guilty of first-degree murder in 20-year-old Tibbetts’ 死亡, was hit with the sentence without the possibility of parole.

Cristhian Bahena Rivera was given life in prison

Cristhian Bahena Rivera was given life in prison信用: 美联社
Mollie Tibbetts was killed while out for a jog in 2018

Mollie Tibbetts was killed while out for a jog in 2018信用: 美联社

“你, and you alone, forever changed the lives of those who loved Mollie Tibbetts,” Judge Joel Yates told the defendant as he handed down the sentence.

And for that, you and you alone will receive the following sentence.

Bahena Rivera, 27, was given the maximum penalty under the law.

本月初, the judge rejected a request for a new trial, dismissing Bahena Rivera’s claim that new evidence implicated other possible suspects in Tibbetts’ 死亡.

At his trial, Bahena Rivera alleged that two masked men were responsible for the college student’s murder and that he was forced to participate.

He claimed he was held at gunpoint and forced to drive to where Tibbetts was running and then dispose of her body after the two men killed her.

When asked why he didn’t tell investigators about the alleged kidnapping, he said he feared for his ex-girlfriend and young daughter’s lives, according to KCCI.

仍然, a jury found the former farmhand guilty after two days of deliberations.

Before the suspect was sentenced on Monday, the victim’s mother, Laura Calderwood, read an impact statement.

Mollie was a young woman who simply wanted to go on a quiet run on the evening of July 18th, and you chose to violently and sadistically end that life,” 声明说.

Tibbettsbody was found in a cornfield in Brooklyn, Iowa, nearly one month after she vanished while out for a run.

The suspect led police to her body. She had been stabbed multiple times in the chest, 脖子, and skull, prosecutors said.

The young woman’s death led to a political debate around immigration laws since Bahena Rivera is undocumented.

Former President Donald Trump used the case as an example of tragedy that can occur due to weak immigration laws in the US.

The victim’s family eventually spoke out about politicians using Tibbettsdeath to push an agenda that she believed wasprofoundly racist.

They have instead chosen to callously distort and corrupt Mollie’s tragic death to advance a cause she vehemently opposed,” her father, Rob Tibbetts, wrote in the Des Moines Register.

I encourage the debate on immigration; there is great merit in its reasonable outcome. But do not appropriate Mollie’s soul in advancing views she believed were profoundly racist.