Castle Rock, Colo. (AP) A man accused of killing his girlfriend by dragging her behind a car with a tow strap around her neck has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in exchange for a life sentence instead of a possible death penalty.
Thirty-eight-year-old Jose Luis Rubi-Nava entered his plea Thursday. He is accused of killing 49-year-old Luz Maria Franco Fierros near Castle Rock in September 2006. Douglas County district judge Paul King immediately imposed the sentence. Prosecutors also dropped kidnapping and other charges.
Both Rubi-Nava and Franco Fierros were from Mexico. A relative of Franco Fierros was listening to the proceedings by phone from Mexico and asked king to do what the law requires.