Man gets life prison sentence for killing Ajo girl

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A 23-year-old man faces a sentence of natural life in prison for the fatal beating and stabbing of a 7-year--old Ajo girl who also was raped.
 
A Pima County Superior Court judge on Monday sentenced Loretto "Kyle" Alegria for the 2009 killing of Rhia Almeida.
 
The girl was on a playdate with Alegria's little brother. Her body was left in a wash.
 
The judge also sentenced Alegria to two consecutive prison sentences totaling 52 years. Those sentences were imposed for his convictions for kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor under the age of 15.
 
Alegria had faced a possible death sentence, but the jury that convicted him decided against it after hearing mitigation testimony.