A jury sentenced Javier Righetti to death in the penalty phase of his capital murder trial Tuesday.
On March 17, the same jury found Righetti guilty of first-degree murder in the 2011 killing of 15-year-old Alyssa Otremba.
Otremba was walking home from a friend’s home when she encountered Righetti in a tunnel. Police said that’s when he abducted and sexually assaulted her before stabbing her more than 80 times.
Righetti then burned her body in an open desert area just a few hundred feet from her home, according to authorities.
“I grabbed her; threw her, got her all naked, raped her, and killed her — and took the phone. Easy money,” Giancarlo Pesci, the prosecutor said as he read part of Righetti’s interview during the trial.
Righetti will be sentenced on May 9.