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.
DNA Reveals Suspect in 1997 Cold Case Murder
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