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Man convicted for death of girlfriend in trash can

Posted: June 20, 2013 5:00 p.m.
Updated: June 20, 2013 5:00 p.m.

PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) — A man in Northern California has been convicted in the death of his live-in girlfriend whose body was found in a trash can.

The Contra Costa Times ( ) reports that 35-year-old Javier Prado Sandoval of Stockton was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder last week in San Joaquin County Superior Court.

The body of his girlfriend, 25-year-old Ana Flores-Pineda, was discovered badly decomposed in a 45-gallon trash can in May as authorities were not able to identify her for months.

Prosecutors say Sandoval and Flores-Pineda dated for years as she was murdered at their home in Stockton and her body was dumped in Pleasanton.

Sandoval was arrested on Halloween after authorities linked him to the murder through his girlfriend's DNA, tracing his cell phone and lies he told to her family and co-workers.


Information from: Contra Costa Times,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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