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Dancer gets 10 years to life in ex's murder

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LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas judge has given a former Las Vegas Strip performer the maximum sentence for killing and dismembering his dancer ex-girlfriend in 2010.

Judge Kathleen Delaney sentenced Jason Omar Griffith to 10 years to life, with a possibility of parole in 10 years, during a hearing Wednesday morning. Griffith was found guilty of second-degree murder in May for killing Debora Flores Narvaez.

Flores' family spoke at Wednesday's hearing. They begged the judge for the maximum sentence.

"He took her from her friends, canceled her dreams and future plans, my last I love you and a kiss on the forehead," said Celeste Flores Narvaez, her sister.

"No more phone calls. No more happy birthday mom, happy Thanksgiving mom, no more Merry Christmas mom," said Elsie Narvaez, her mother.

During the sentencing hearing, Griffith thanked his attorneys who had argued for a sentence of 10 to 25 year. He also spoke about his relationship with Flores Narvaez, calling her an abusive girlfriend who he killed in self defense. 

During the trial, Griffith testified that he was fighting with Debora Flores Narvaez and held her around the neck when he thought she was reaching for a gun. He says he panicked when she died and asked his roommate to help dispose of the body.

Flores was a dancer in the racy "Fantasy" revue at the Luxor. Her disappearance drew intense attention for almost a month before Griffith's housemate, Louis Colombo, led police to her dismembered remains in tubs of concrete in a vacant downtown house.

Griffith's lawyers plan to appeal the sentence. They also say since Griffith has already served almost four years behind bars, he could see the possibility of parole in six years.  





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