Teen gets 90 years in ex-girlfriend's slaying

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Associated Press

Posted on May 4, 2012 at 5:31 AM

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A South Texas jury has sentenced a teenager to 90 years in prison after he was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend.

The Brownsville Herald reports (http://bit.ly/Ktn3rC ) a Cameron County jury deliberated for about five hours over two days before sentencing Javier de la Rosa Jr. on Thursday in the 2010 death of Tiffany Galvan.

De la Rosa pleaded guilty in March. Galvan's body was found in a park, stabbed 48 times. The teens had split up about three weeks earlier. A judge allowed prosecutors to try De la Rosa as an adult even though he was a minor at the time of the killing.

Prosecutors wanted life in prison, while De la Rosa's lawyers pressed for a 20-year sentence. He will be eligible for parole after 30 years.

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Information from: The Brownsville Herald, http://www.brownsvilleherald.com

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