“A farm worker has been sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for first-degree murder in the abduction and fatal stabbing of college student Mollie Tibbetts in July 2018.
“The sentencing comes just over three years after the body of the 20-year-old woman was found in an Iowa cornfield.
“Cristhian Bahena Rivera, a 27-year-old undocumented immigrant from Mexico, admitted in an August 2018 interview with police that he followed Tibbetts while she was out for an evening run, got angry at her and “blacked out,” according to an arrest affidavit and testimony at trial.
“He said he later came to and realized she was bleeding in his vehicle’s trunk and he then buried her in a remote Iowa cornfield, prosecutors said.”
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