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An Indiana teenager, who fatally stabbed a pregnant cheerleader in the heart in one of the “most savage and violent manners,” has been sentenced to 65 years behind bars.
Aaron Trejo — a former high school football player — told investigators he killed 17-year-old Breana Rouhselang because he was angry she told him about the pregnancy too late for her to get an abortion, local station WNDU reports.
"The goal of the defendant in this case was to kill the child, and Breana was in the way of that, so he killed her in order to accomplish that,” Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Chris Fronk said.
Trejo received a 55-year sentence for killing Rouhselang and an additional 10 years for killing the unborn baby. The sentences will be served consecutively.
"I thought it was very important for there to be consecutive sentences, one after the other, because there were two lives lost and two lives intentionally taken," Fronk said.
The teen admitted to killing Rouhselang, who was six months pregnant at the time, in December 2018 during a fight about the pregnancy. He stabbed her in the heart, then put her body in a black plastic bag and threw it in dumpster behind a restaurant, according to WXIN.
Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Hurley delivered the sentence Tuesday after taking into consideration several factors, including Trejo’s age and the violent nature of the crime.
“You took her life in one of the most savage and violent manners I have seen in my career,” she said, according to The South Bend Tribune.
Rouhselang’s mother, Melissa Wallace, continues to be haunted by the death of her daughter and unborn granddaughter, calling it a “nightmare.”
“Life goes on, but for me it’s put on hold until I see her in Heaven,” she tearfully said in court, according to the local paper.
Wallace later said she was glad Trejo would spend much of his life behind bars, but the day was bittersweet.
“I’m glad we got justice for Bre,” she said. “But no amount of time will ever replace what he took from me.”
Trejo, who pleaded guilty to killing the teen, also addressed the court to deliver a brief statement.
“There is no excuse for what I’ve done,” he said. “Saying I’m sorry wouldn’t be enough, but it’s all I can give.”
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