- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 37-year-old Las Vegas man who took a plea deal to avoid a death penalty trial is going to prison for 20 to 50 years for killing a 17-year-old runaway and pulling her teeth and cutting off her tattoos to try to prevent authorities from identifying her buried body.

Gabriel Yates was sentenced Friday in Clark County District Court after pleading guilty in August to first-degree murder in the 2008 slaying of Nichole Elizabeth Yegge.

The Las Vegas Sun reports (http://bit.ly/Z2H47d ) that Yegge’s mother, Stephanie Yegge, asked Judge David Barker the judge to put him in prison for life without parole.

Prosecutors say Yates strangled Yegge and buried her in the desert outside Las Vegas.

Co-defendant Anne Osburn, 27, is due in court Nov. 10 on murder and other charges.

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