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Man who beat, strangled woman to death in Longmont in 1999 is sentenced to 48 years in prison


BOULDER, Colorado — A man convicted of beating and strangling a woman to death in Longmont in 1999 has been sentenced to 48 years in prison.

The Daily Camera reports (http://goo.gl/eUZy2c ) Abel Lujan was sentenced Friday for the death of 30-year-old Bernadine Frost, whose body was found in an alley. He was convicted in March of second-degree murder.

Frost was found lying on her back in the snow with a beer bottle in her hand, and an investigation determined the position appeared to have been staged after her death.

An autopsy revealed Frost died from strangulation but also suffered internal injuries that would have proved fatal. Investigators said they originally didn't have enough evidence to arrest Lujan, and the case was put on hold. It was reopened in 2011.

Lujan's attorneys argued he accidentally killed Frost.

Information from: Daily Camera, http://www.dailycamera.com/

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