Spain: Man gets 23 years in jail for killing Arizona woman

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Authorities lead suspect Miguel Angel Munoz (left, in green) out of a building, in Grandas de Salime, northwest Spain. Munoz is accused of killing Denise Thiem of Arizona in 2015 (Source: AP file photo) Authorities lead suspect Miguel Angel Munoz (left, in green) out of a building, in Grandas de Salime, northwest Spain. Munoz is accused of killing Denise Thiem of Arizona in 2015 (Source: AP file photo)
MADRID (AP) -

A court has sentenced a Spanish man to 23 years in jail for the murder of an Arizona woman while she was walking a world-renowned pilgrimage route in Spain.

The court Tuesday sentenced Miguel Angel Munoz, 41, to 20 years for killing 41-year-old Denise Pikka Thiem and three years for stealing some $1,100 from her.

The trial began on March 13. A jury found Munoz guilty April 5.

Thiem, a Phoenix resident, went missing in April 2015 in a rural area of northwestern Spain while on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage.

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Munoz was arrested five months later and led investigators to Thiem's buried body.

Thiem was diverted from the pilgrimage trail by a marker Munoz put up to lead pilgrims near his house.

She died from serious brain injuries caused by repeated beatings.

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