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87-Year-Old Sentenced to 31 Years in Slaying

September 16, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

A judge sentenced an 87-year-old woman to more than 31 years in prison for killing a teenage boy three decades ago.

Maria Josefa Otero fled 30 years ago before she could be sentenced for the 1975 killing of Johnny Perez.

In 1976, she was found guilty of second-degree murder, but a judge allowed her to be freed on $50,000 bond to get her personal affairs in order before sentencing. Otero fled before returning to Miami 15 years ago. After police were tipped to her presence, she was arrested in April.

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