- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A San Antonio man accused of stabbing his disabled former teacher more than 100 times has pleaded no contest to murder in exchange for a punishment of no more than 20 years in prison.

The San Antonio Express-News (https://bit.ly/1BsZZYn ) reports 38-year-old Paul Dominguez entered the plea Monday. The agreement sets his minimum possible punishment at five years in prison for the Valentine’s Day 2012 slaying of 61-year-old Elma Sartuche at the home she shared with Dominguez. A judge will decide the sentence next month.

Sartuche was Dominguez’s middle school teacher. They kept in touch over the years.

Defense attorney George Dombart said his client has “diminished mental capacity.” Dombart says Dominguez is remorseful, adding Dominguez had a “mother-son kind of relationship” with Sartuche, who gave him a place to live.

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Information from: San Antonio Express-News, https://www.mysanantonio.com

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