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Man sentenced to life without parole in slaying of estranged wife in eastern Pennsylvania lot


READING, Pennsylvania — A man has been sentenced to life without parole in the shooting death of his estranged wife in an eastern Pennsylvania parking lot almost a decade ago.

The Reading Eagle ( ) reports that Berks County Judge John Boccabella imposed the mandatory term Monday on 43-year-old Miguel Torres, who was convicted of first-degree murder last month.

Torres, who has vowed an appeal, reasserted his innocence in the September 2005 death of 32-year-old Barbara West-Torres, who was ambushed in a Reading lot.

But the judge said he should not have run since "Flight can be a serious indication of guilt" and also imposed a consecutive 2½ to five years on additional counts.

Torres was arrested in March 2013 in Italy and extradited after prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.

Information from: Reading Eagle,

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