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Man Gets Life in Susannah Chase Case

By June 30, 2009

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A Colorado man has been sentenced to life in prison for the rape and murder of 23-year-old University of Colorado student Susannah Chase in 1997. Diego Olmos Alcalde, 39, was spared the death penalty in the case because Susannah's family told prosecutors that she was against it.

Attorneys for Alcalde plan to appeal the conviction of the Chilean national.

"Her empathy is her killer's greatest salvation," Stephen Chase, the victim's brother, told Diego Olmos Alcalde during his sentencing. "The ironic thing is that the person whose life you stole from us is the reason you won't be sentenced to death today," said Doug Chase, another brother.

DNA Linked Alcalde to Attack

Chase, who is from Stamford, Connecticut, was attacked Dec. 21, 1997 a block from her home after leaving a pizzeria. She was dumped in an alley after the attack and died the next day, they day she was supposed to fly home for Christmas break.

The case went cold for 10 years until DNA evidence collected in the case matched a sample from Alcalde in a Wyoming kidnapping case.

See Also:
Man Gets Life in Colo. Slaying of Student

Earlier Article:
DNA Reveals Suspect in 1997 Cold Case Murder

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