Man gets 25 to life for 1995 Orange County killing

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Updated: 4/04 8:36 pm

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A man who spent 16 years on the run after beating to death his ex-lover in Orange County will spend 25 years to life in prison.

City News Service says 73-year-old Raymundo Pereda was sentenced Friday by a judge who called him cruel and a coward.

Pereda was convicted last fall of killing 53-year-old Mary Ann O'Neill in her Placentia home in 1995.

Prosecutors say he stuffed O'Neill's body in her car trunk and left it at a strip mall before fleeing to Las Vegas and taking a new name.

Pereda was arrested there in 2006 on suspicion of drunken driving. His fingerprints were added to a national database.

They were matched to the murder case when Placentia police reopened it in 2011.

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