Dec 17, 2010 12:55 PM by Greg Boyce

Man sentenced to life in prison in 1977 murder

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - A Florida man convicted of killing a woman 33 years ago in Colorado has been sentenced to life in prison. Fifty-two-year-old Marcello Maldonado Perez of Port Charlotte, Fla., was sentenced Thursday after a jury in Greeley convicted him of first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual assault.
Prosecutors say he killed 22-year-old Mary Pierce in 1977. She was found stabbed to death two days after she disappeared from the convenience store where she worked.

The Greeley Tribune reports that Perez will be eligible for parole after 20 years under the law that was in effect at the time of the slaying.  With credit for the year he spent in jail before his conviction, he could seek parole in 2029, or sooner with credit for good behavior.


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