Heras-Corrales gets prison sentence for murdering girlfriend in 2008

Wednesday , January 17, 2018 - 10:13 AM

JACOB SCHOLL, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Nearly a decade after killing his girlfriend and fleeing to Mexico, Gutberto Heras-Corrales has been sentenced to prison for the murder. 

Heras-Corrales, 42, was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison by Judge Joseph Bean after a jury convicted him in November of killing Noemi Rodriguez in December 2008. 

Just before his sentencing, Rodriguez’s mother — Teresa Galvin — addressed Heras-Corrales with the help of a translator. 

“I want him in jail for life for what he did,” Galvin said. “I don’t want to see him ever again. I want him locked up.”

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Bean told Galvin that he was not able to give a definitive life sentence, but instead a range of time that Heras-Corrales could spend in prison. 

Heras-Corrales was in court alongside his two attorneys — Scott Williams and Cara Tangaro — when he told Bean he felt remorse for his role in Rodriguez’s death. 

“I will accept whatever sentence you give me,” he said, with help from a translator. 

Heras-Corrales was given credit for time served while he was in a Mexican jail waiting to come back to the U.S.

Bean also said the defense has 30 days to file an appeal in the case. 

Williams said after the hearing he was unsure if the defense will appeal the ruling, and said “it’s up to him (Heras-Corrales).” 

No additional hearing dates have been set for the case. 

Heras-Corrales will be transported to the Utah State Prison later this week. 

Contact reporter Jacob Scholl at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter, @Jacob_Scholl.

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