- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A man who was on the run for more than a decade after his ex-girlfriend was stabbed to death outside a Burger King in Oregon has been sentenced to life in prison.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported (https://bit.ly/2kIEajP) Tuesday that Efrain Sanchez-Diaz was convicted of murder for the 1999 death of 21-year-old Maria Garcia Leonardo.

Sanchez-Diaz fled after the stabbing and was indicted in the killing six months later but couldn’t be found.

He was eventually located in his native country of Mexico and extradited to the U.S. last March.

Court documents say Sanchez-Diaz stabbed the woman outside the fast-food restaurant in Tigard where she worked.

Her co-workers found her slumped over and unresponsive. She died at a hospital days later.

Investigators say Sanchez-Diaz was linked to the crime by witnesses and DNA evidence.


Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, https://www.oregonlive.com

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