MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida man faces a mandatory life sentence for killing his estranged wife.
The Miami-Herald reports that jurors found 58-year-old Jesus Maqueira guilty Monday of first-degree murder. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 19.
Authorities say Raquel Calderin disappeared after leaving her job as a school custodian in September 2012. The mother of three had left Maqueira and filed for divorce. The newspaper reports that Maqueira had mocked Miami-Dade police detectives at the time, saying there was little they could do without a body.
But authorities found Calderin’s skeleton in 2014. Her remains were in an SUV at the bottom of a canal near the Everglades. Prosecutors say cell phone records placed Maqueira with Calderin when she vanished and near the location where her body was eventually found.
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