Man sentenced to 55 years in prison.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 - 9:27am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:34pm

A man who confessed to strangling his girlfriend in 2006 will spend the next 55 years in prison.

Jose Luis Cantu pleaded guilty to murdering his girlfriend Nelly Casas. Police reported that the teen's parents had reported her missing on March 17, 2006 when she didn't return home that night. Two days later, authorities found the teen's body in a shed near her parent's back door. Prosecutors alleged that Cantu strangled the 16 year-old because she told him she was leaving him for someone else. The jury, only had to decide the sentencing phase since Cantu pleaded guilty and handed him a 55 year prison sentence.

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