A man who pleaded guilty to the murder of a 41-year-old Chandler woman found dead inside a vacant home in 2010 has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Jaime Coronado of Chandler pleaded guilty Nov. 14 to first-degree murder in the death of Michelle Melinda Morales after a plea agreement with prosecutors that allowed him to avoid the death penalty.
He was sentenced by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Warren Granville on Wednesday, according to a court spokeswoman.
Police said they received a call from the woman who owned a vacant home near Frye Road and Arizona Avenue in Chandler in early March 2010. She had been alerted by neighbors that there was a commotion at the house.
The victim's son had also contacted police to report he received several phone calls at his home from a man demanding money or his mother would be harmed, police said.
Sylvia Perez, who identified herself as the victim's cousin, said the victim, Michelle Melinda Morales was homeless but sometimes stayed inside that house. Perez said her cousin never bothered anyone and kept to herself.
U.S. Marshal Service Task Force arrested Coronado the same day.
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