TAMPA — A jury found Jose Torres-Rodriguez guilty Thursday of killing his ex-girlfriend in June, hours before she was scheduled to testify against him in a domestic violence court proceeding.
Friends and family of Iris Hernandez-Morales, 35, grew worried when she failed to show up for court. Police found her strangled body inside her home.
Jurors deliberated for less than two hours Thursday. Torres-Rodriguez, 56, was convicted of first-degree felony murder, burglary of a dwelling with assault or battery and violating a domestic violence injunction.
Hillsborough Circuit Judge Anthony Black sentenced him to life in prison.