- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque man has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for the death of his girlfriend, who was stabbed nearly 40 times and put in the trunk of a stolen car before it was set on fire.

Prosecutors say 22-year-old Shaun Ryals was sentenced Wednesday. He was found guilty by a judge of second-degree murder, arson, tampering with evidence and other charges in August.

Ryals testified during the non-jury trial that he had no memory of stabbing 19-year-old Guadalupe Morales.

According to trial testimony, she was stabbed at least 38 times. Her body was found on March 19, 2013.

Police investigators say Ryals and Morales had been drinking and they argued at his home before the stabbing.


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