A Burien man was sentenced Friday to more than 16 years in prison for stabbing his ex-wife to death last year at a park-and-ride in Kent.
A Burien man was sentenced Friday to a little over 16 years in prison for stabbing his ex-wife to death last year at a park-and-ride in Kent.
Telesforo Hernandez-Roa, 42, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder for killing Ruth Castillo-Yanez on July 20, 2014.
According to prosecutors, Hernandez-Roa thought his ex-wife had been cheating on him with another man and that her new lover had sent him nude photographs of her. Hernandez-Roa pleaded guilty on Tuesday.
Court records showed that Hernandez-Roa and 39-year-old Castillo-Yanez had been divorced for about seven months at the time of her murder.
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Castillo-Yanez’s body was found inside a red Nissan Pathfinder at the West Hill Park-and-Ride in the 23400 block of Military Road South.
Castillo-Yanez’s teenage daughter told police her mother sometimes met her ex-husband at the park-and-ride.
Court documents say the girl told investigators her mother and Hernandez-Roa had gone out to dinner before she was murdered.
Hernandez-Roa faced a standard sentencing range of 12 to 20 years in prison for second-degree murder with a deadly weapon enhancement, prosecutors said.
Information from Seattle Times archives is included in this story.