A man was sentenced to life for fatally beating and stabbing a Tucson man in 2012, court documents show.
A jury found Jose Javier Aleman-Rodriguez, 37, guilty of first-degree murder in November 2019, nearly seven years after Roberto Castro-Coronado was killed in his home on the city's south side.
In November 2012, police found Castro-Coronado's body in his living room.
Detectives found Aleman-Rodriguez's DNA on several items in Castro Coronado's home, including a bleach bottle and the blood on a knife handle.
Aleman-Rodriguez was arrested in December 2018 in connection with Castro-Coronado’s death and was booked into the Pinal County jail.
He told detectives he was a backpacker who walked through the desert from Mexico to southern Arizona to deliver marijuana. He said he had delivered marijuana to Castro-Coronado.
Aleman Rodriguez was sentenced on January 3 to a natural life sentence.
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