Kansas man gets life term in cheerleader's murder

A Kansas man who killed a 14-year-old cheerleader and burned her body at the asphalt plant where he worked was sentenced Tuesday to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

FILE - In this April 6, 2012, file photo, Adam Longoria appears in court as his guilty verdict read for his capital murder trial in the death of Alicia DeBolt at Barton County District Court in Great Bend, Kan. The mother and sister of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt are expected to make victim impact statements Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at the sentencing for Longoria, prosecutors said. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, Pool, File)

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man who killed a 14-year-old cheerleader and burned her body at the asphalt plant where he worked was sentenced Tuesday to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Adam Longoria was formally sentenced to life imprisonment without the chance of parole for the August 2010 death of Alicia DeBolt. Barton County Judge Hannelore Kitts had little leeway in deciding his punishment because a capital murder conviction in Kansas carries a mandatory sentence of at least life without parole. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty.

Longoria did not attend the sentencing Tuesday.

To find him guilty of capital murder, jurors had to determine that Longoria committed criminal sodomy, aggravated criminal sodomy or attempted rape during the killing. Jurors decided he committed all three, and also found him guilty of vehicle burglary and theft.

Alicia was last seen alive leaving her home in Great Bend for a party just before midnight on Aug. 21, 2010. Her family reported her missing the next day, setting off a search that ended three days later when her remains, with traces of duct tape on her ankles and face, were found at the Venture Corp. plant outside Great Bend where Longoria worked.

Prosecutors showed jurors hundreds of text messages between Alicia and the then-36-year-old Longoria, who began pursuing the girl after meeting her at a party in July 2010. Those messages — including some showing he picked up the girl the night she disappeared — were featured prominently in the state's case.

Longoria was also sentenced to 17 months for vehicle burglary and 7 months for theft. Those terms will be served consecutively to his life sentence.
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