Maria Monserrat Nevarez Tolentino, 36
UT, South Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co.
August 29, 2010
Residents of an apartment complex in South Salt Lake discovered the body of Maria near a parking stall just a few feet from her car.
According to witnesses, Maria stepped outside to meet a friend and was shot multiple times in the upper torso. She died in surgery later that evening.
Maria’s ex-boyfriend, Salvador Landin-Castanon, 29, was arrested without incident in a Salt Lake City residence around 1:00 a.m., about three hours after the initial call to police. He had apparently been waiting for Maria to leave a family gathering.
Landin-Castanon is being held in Salt Lake County Jail on charges of first-degree felony murder and two weapons violations. According to booking documents, he told another person that he had shot his girlfriend three times and hoped she died.
No previous criminal history was found in Utah court records for Landin Castanon.
On December 6, 2010, he pleaded guilty to first-degree felony murder and the two weapons charges were dismissed. Sentencing is set for January 24, 2011.
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