August 30, 2014
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A woman convicted with her brother of killing a man after posing as fruit sellers to get into his Southern California home 14 years ago has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.
The Orange County district attorney's office says 36-year-old Gladys Romero was sentenced Friday.
She and her 34-year-old brother Alejandro Romero were convicted of murder and burglary. He'll be sentenced next Friday.
Prosecutors said Gladys Romero got into the Santa Ana apartment of Juan Gomez in 2000 by pretending to sell fruit and asking for water. Once inside, she let her brother in and they tied up Gomez and his family. Gomez broke free and was shot during a struggle.
When Gladys Romero was convicted of a 2010 misdemeanor, her DNA was matched to the scene.
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