Christopher Prestipino, 49, was sentenced April 25 in the kidnapping and killing of Esmeralda Gonzalez in Las Vegas in May 2019. He's already spent more than three years behind bars.
Police say Prestipino was part of a group of people that kidnapped Gonzalez. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Prestipino gave Gonzalez meth at his home, then tied her up in his bedroom to choke her.
Gonzalez, 24, was missing for five months before her body was found in the southern Nevada desert. It was inside a water tank and encased in cement.
Prestipino accepted a plea deal March 13 for second-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping. It came on the day his trial was scheduled to start, with attorneys saying he wanted to avoid a life sentence.
Garrett already has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. Her sentencing is scheduled for May 23.
“I do regret ever meeting the co-defendant,” Prestipino said of Garrett during his sentencing hearing.
A third suspect in Gonzalez's death, Lisa Mort, pleaded guilty in 2020 to being an accessory to murder. KLAS-TV reports she was Prestipino's girlfriend. Mort spent eight months in prison before being paroled.
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