Former Lubbock Fugitive Sentenced To Life In Prison - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/20/05

Former Lubbock Fugitive Sentenced To Life In Prison

The man once considered Lubbock's most wanted fugitive will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Mariano Villegas pleaded guilty to killing Lucy Castillo in February of 1987. Shortly after that plea, a Lubbock State District Judge sentenced Villegas to life in prison. Police found Castillo's body inside a Lubbock dry cleaners on North University. Officers questioned Villegas, but let him go for lack of evidence. Villegas, who was 42 at the time, fled to Mexico where he was captured in 2001 and extradited to Lubbock last year.

Thursday, Lucy's parents and her brother gave testimony on how Villegas' actions affected them. They now say they're glad this chapter of their life is behind them. "It was very emotional. It felt good. Justice was served today, but it felt good after such a long time to have some closure." said Lucy's brother, Joe Flores.

Villegas will not be allowed to appeal the sentence.

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