A 23-year-old man was sentenced Thursday in Yakima to life in prison without release for killing a 14-year-old girl.
Jesus Fabian Perales of Outlook was convicted last month of aggravated murder in the February 2009 slaying of a Francisca Hernandez-Ramirez of Sunnyside. Her body was found in the Yakima River and identified through dental records.
Prosecutors say he slashed her throat in an orchard to prevent her from reporting she had been sexually assaulted by another man at a party.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports she had been reported as a runaway.