A 44-year-old man says he murdered his girlfriend, Olivia Sepeda. Juan Solorzano pleaded guilty Thursday morning in a Lubbock County courtroom.
In a plea deal with the state, Solorzano was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
Lubbock County Assistant District Attorney Tray Payne said, "When the death penalty is not an option, like in this case, they want the option to have life and make sure this person is never getting out. And if we could avoid them going through this process and any appeal issues and get life, which we did in this case. That's a great out come in this case."
Police found Sepeda stabbed at the West Fork Mobile Home Park back in December 2006. She had been stabbed ten times with a pocketknife. EMS rushed her to University Medical Center, where she later died.
As part of the state's plea deal, Solorzano's two prior misdemeanors of DWI and domestic violence were dropped. Solorzano must serve at least 23 years before he is eligible for parole.
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