La Vergne police closed a murder case Wednesday, two years after Rafaela Ortiz was killed by her boyfriend in November 2010.
Maximilian Ocon, age 57, pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 25 years.
Ocon appeared before Rutherford County Circuit Court Judge M. Keith Siskin, who allowed the two years already served behind bars to count toward his sentence. He will be released, with good behavior while imprisoned, when he is 76 years old.
La Vergne Detective Bob Hayes investigated the case and was on hand and sat alongside the victim's family members in court yesterday.
He said Ocon's oldest son had called police to turn in his father after he heard him say he might have killed someone.
When police went to investigate, they found Ortiz in her home beaten with a hammer and then strangled. In Spanish, “the devil within” was written with her blood on the wall above her bed, and Ocon claimed at the time that the devil had come out of his girlfriend when they argued.
Ocon is a naturalized U.S. citizen and was attempting to flee back to his original country of El Salvador when he was arrested on November 12 in Houston on a fugitive homicide warrant.
“Yesterday's guilty plea by Maximilian Ocon has finally closed this sad case,” Hayes said. “We hope that everyone connected to the case can finally have some peace and closure. We extend our sympathy to the family of Ms. Ortiz and hope she can now rest in peace.”