A California man convicted of murdering a 19-year-old college classmate 27 years ago was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison.
Paul Flores, 46, was convicted in October of first-degree murder of Caltech student Christine Smart. His sentence put an end to a case that remained unsolved for decades and captivated true crime audiences.it was only flores Arrested in 2021 after the podcast my own backyard New evidence comes to light and Smart’s body has yet to be found.
Deputy District Attorney Christopher Pouvrel said in a statement: “After nearly 27 years of unspeakable anguish, the Smart family finally saw their daughter’s murderer brought to justice.” inspires us all.”
Smart was reported missing in May 1996, and several witnesses said they last saw Flores returning to his dorm from an off-campus party.
During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that a secret grave was located under the deck of his father’s house, and said they believed Smart’s remains had been there for some time. also found human blood, but it was too old to do a proper DNA test.