LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The man convicted of killing a northern Virginia teenager has been sentenced to 49 years in prison.
Julio Blanco Garcia was found guilty in August of first-degree murder for the June 2010 slaying of 19-year-old Vanessa Pham of Falls Church.
A Fairfax County jury recommended a sentence of 49 years for Blanco Garcia, who admitted to being high on PCP when he fatally stabbed Pham while she gave him and his infant daughter a ride to a hospital.
Pham was found dead in her car in a ditch. Blanco Garcia was arrested last year after police found DNA evidence linking him to the killing.
Prosecutors said Blanco Garcia planned to kill Pham, whom he stabbed 13 times.
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