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Man convicted in disappearance and murder of California college student Kristin Smart sentenced to 25 years to life

Man convicted in disappearance and murder of California college student Kristin Smart sentenced to 25 years to life

Paul Flores, the man convicted of murdering California college student Kristin Smart, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on September 22, 2021. Flores, who was a classmate of Smart's at California Polytechnic State University, had been the primary suspect in her disappearance since she vanished in 1996.

The case received renewed attention in recent years, leading to Flores' arrest and conviction earlier this year. Smart, who was 19 at the time, disappeared while walking back to her dormitory from a party. Flores was the last person seen with her.

Flores was convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of Smart, as well as an additional charge of attempting to rape her. Flores' father, Ruben Flores, was also charged in the case with accessory after the fact to murder for allegedly helping to conceal Smart's body, but he was acquitted of that charge in September.

During the sentencing hearing, Smart's family spoke of their grief and loss, and the impact that Smart's death has had on their lives. They also spoke of their hope that the sentencing would bring some measure of justice and closure to the case.

In his sentencing statement, the judge described Flores' actions as "callous and cruel," and noted that he had shown no remorse for his crimes. The judge also said that Flores' "lies, deceit, and evasion" had contributed to the suffering of Smart's family over the past 25 years.

The case had long been one of the most high-profile unsolved mysteries in California, and had been the subject of numerous news articles, podcasts, and documentaries. The case gained new momentum in 2019, when a podcast about the case called "Your Own Backyard" became popular.

The podcast helped to raise awareness about the case, and led to the discovery of new evidence that eventually led to Flores' arrest. The evidence included a statement from a former classmate of Flores, who said that Flores had confessed to killing Smart and burying her body.

The case also raised questions about the way that law enforcement and society as a whole respond to cases of violence against women. Smart's disappearance had been initially dismissed as a case of a young woman who had simply run away, and her family had to fight for years to keep her case in the public eye.

In the wake of Flores' conviction, Smart's family has called for changes in the way that missing persons cases are handled, and for greater attention to be paid to cases of violence against women. They have also called for Flores' accomplices, including his father, to be held accountable for their roles in the crime.

The sentencing of Paul Flores marks a significant milestone in the long and painful journey that Kristin Smart's family has been on for the past 25 years. While the family will never be able to fully recover from their loss, the sentencing provides some measure of closure and justice for their daughter.

 

Paul Flores, the man convicted of murdering California college student Kristin Smart, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on September 22, 2021. Flores, who was a classmate of Smart's at California Polytechnic State University, had been the primary suspect in her disappearance since she vanished in 1996.

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