WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A central Kansas man faces life behind bars in the death of a 14-year-old cheerleader whose burned body was found at the asphalt plant where he worked.
Sentencing for 38-year-old Adam Longoria is Tuesday before Barton County District Judge Hannelore Kitts. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty, but his conviction for capital murder in Kansas carries a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment without parole.
Jurors at Longoria's trial in April of deliberated for fewer than four hours before convicting him for the August 2010 murder of Alicia DeBolt.
To find Longoria guilty of capital murder, jurors had to determine he committed criminal sodomy, aggravated criminal sodomy or attempted rape during the killing. Jurors decided he committed all three.
They also found him guilty of vehicle burglary and theft.
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