- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A Mesa woman convicted of first-degree murder for the 2011 death of her 4-year-old daughter has been sentenced to life in prison.

A Maricopa County Superior Court spokesman says the life sentence imposed Friday on Crystal Carimbocas by Judge Warren Granville includes the possibility of release after serving 35 years.

However, Grandville also sentenced Carimbocas to terms of 28 years and 13 years on two child abuse convictions. Those sentences will run back to back with each other and the life term.

Carimbocas’ boyfriend , Jose Luis Gonzalez-Dominguez, also was convicted of first-degree murder and child abuse in the case. He awaits sentencing.

The county Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the girl’s death was from blunt force trauma. An autopsy revealed previous injuries that included skull fractures, broken ribs, a lacerated liver and numerous bruises.

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