CARROLLTON (CBSDFW.COM) – It was a strange missing persons case from October of 2011. A young girl visiting North Texas from Oklahoma vanished from a Carrollton apartment on a Saturday night. One day later the body of 10-year-old Jasmen Gonzalez was found dumped behind a house, less than half a mile from the apartment complex.
Minutes before jury selection in his Capital Murder trial was to begin, Jose Sifuentes admitted to charges and accepted a sentence. Sifuentes pled guilty to sexually assaulting and then murdering Jasmen. He will get life in prison.
Investigators say the girl had fallen asleep in a bedroom, during a party. One family member saw her in the bed sleeping. A half hour later she was gone. Jose Sifuentes is accused of abducting Jasmen after she fell asleep.
Prosecutors were set to make the case that Sifuentes, who was in the country illegally, abducted, sexually assaulted, and then stabbed and killed Jasmen. The 24-year-old was arrested after K-9 officers led police to his SUV. According to police reports, Jasmen’s blood, along with rubber gloves and a knife were also found inside the vehicle.
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Sifuentes, whose common-law-wife is Jasmen’s cousin, had attended the family gathering in Carrollton.
Just days after Jasmen’s body was found Carrollton Police Department spokesperson Lieutenant Doug Mitchell said, “I think that anytime a 10-year-old child is murdered it’s heinous. I don’t know anyway to describe it. I know that it has affected our community.”
Sifuentes’ trial had been set to begin two weeks ago, but the then suspect began having open conversations with Jesus. His actions led a judge to order a psychiatric evaluation and it was determined Sifuentes was faking mental issues.
This afternoon the relatives of Jasmen Gonzalez will have the opportunity to address Sifuentes in court, and give victim impact statements.
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