Teen who killed and raped woman found guilty, faces life in prison

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PHOENIX – A Phoenix teenager was convicted Monday of stomping to death and sexually assaulting a 39-year-old woman in December 2008.

Jose Quintero was 16 years old when he was arrested for the crime. Police found Helen Coulter's body in a field near 24th Street and Broadway.

She had been kidnapped, raped and beaten before being dumped in a vacant lot.

Police say the two did not know each other but that the woman had called Quintero a racial slur after some type of run-in and Quintero killed her in a fit of rage. An autopsy revealed Coulter died of blunt force trauma.

Quintero faces a sentence of up to life in prison.