On Friday, the man who was found guilty of killing Kristin Smart was handed a sentence that ranges from 25 years to life in jail. This comes more than 25 years after Kristin Smart vanished from a college campus in California.
The defense team’s motions to have Paul Flores’ conviction for first-degree murder overturned, for him to be acquitted, and for the case to be retried were all denied by Judge Jennifer O’Keefe of the Superior Court of Monterey County.
According to her, Flores was “cancer to society,” and in addition to serving his sentence in jail, he will also be had to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. This is in addition to the fact that he will be required to pay restitution.
O’Keefe told Flores, “You deserve to spend every day you have left behind bars,” and went on to say that Flores has “lived free in the community” for more than twenty years despite engaging in “predatory behavior” against women throughout his adult life.
Flores “lived free in the community” despite the fact that he sexually assaulted women throughout his adult life.
What Happened To Kristin Smart? Did She Get The Justice?
Flores, who was 45 years old at the time, was found guilty of first-degree murder in connection with the disappearance of Smart, who was 19 years old at the time and a student at California Polytechnic State University.
The incident occurred in 1996. Despite the fact that the victim’s body was never found, the prosecution said that there was sufficient evidence to prove that Flores raped or attempted to rape the college student before killing her.
This was despite the fact that the victim’s body was never found. Late on Friday, a statement was made by the office of the District Attorney for San Luis Obispo County. The phrase “Today, justice delayed is not justice denied”.
In October, a jury reached the verdict that Flores should be held accountable for Smart’s passing. Despite the fact that his father, Ruben Flores, had been suspected of concealing the body, he was not found guilty of being an accessory to the murder.
In 2021, twenty-five years after Smart was last seen alive, the Sheriff of San Luis Obispo County, Ian Parkinson, announced the arrest of Flores and his father.
The Sheriff attributed the discovery of new evidence to a true crime podcast. Flores and his father were both charged with the murder of Smart.
After the sentencing that took place yesterday for Paul Flores, his attorney Robert Sanger did not immediately react to a request for comment that was made overnight. In an interview that he provided to The Washington Post, he stated that he does not reveal the details of his cases.
The prosecution told the jury that the last time they saw Smart and Flores was on May 1, 1996, when they were walking back to their hotel after a party.
According to the Associated Press, he was found with a black eye, but his subsequent statements to the police about how he acquired the injury were contradictory.
Paul Flores, who is accused of Kristin smart murder, is present in court on the 18th of July, 2022, in Monterey County Superior Court in Salinas, California.
In January of this year, the police were given the authority to intercept and monitor Flores’ mobile calls and texts after meeting with a fresh witness.
The conversation took place in January. The next year, the homes of Flores and his family were also searched as part of the investigation.
According to the Associated Press, in March of 2021, police archaeologists uncovered a soil disturbance under the deck of Flores’ father’s home that was approximately the size of a casket and contained human blood.
Unfortunately, due to the advanced degree of DNA destruction in the blood, it was not able to recover DNA from the sample. The prosecutor for the state asserted that Smart’s remains were most likely buried in the “secret grave.”
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