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Apex man gets life sentence for Fuquay teen's murder

Posted January 23, 2013

— An Apex man was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison after pleading guilty to killing a Fuquay-Varina girl in 2011, authorities said.

Gabriel Alejandro Maricio Lopez, 21, stabbed Maria Patricia Perez, 15, to death in August 2011 and dumped her body at Jordan Lake. Fishermen found the girl's body near a fishing ramp off Farrington Road, about a mile north of U.S. Highway 64 in Chatham County.

Authorities said Lopez killed her because he believed he had gotten her pregnant.

Alejanero Prada Sanchez, 20, also was charged with murder in the case. Investigators said they believe he was present when Perez was killed.


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  • feistyredhead2001 Jan 24, 2013

    Now that's the law hard at work.... NOT ! She was brutally murdered and he gets 3 hots and a cot for the rest of his life.... I US TAX PAYERS PAY FOR THAT!!! Thanks judge and jury for your utter smartness !

  • Lightfoot3 Jan 24, 2013

    If I ever run for Governor, part of my campaign will be to bring back the gallows.

  • ncguy Jan 24, 2013

    Great get to pay for this illegal for the rest of his life.

    We all pay for illegals one way or another.

    people worried about gun control while the real problem is illegals.

  • OneLove Jan 24, 2013

    STABBED TWENTY-THREE TIMES! Stabbing is an awfully personal crime. I hope he NEVER sees the light of day again.

  • davidtew2005 Jan 24, 2013

    to uhavenoclu and to JAFOTOO. according to the origanal story when this first happened he was here illegally. he had been deported justa few months eariler and came right back. also, if she were pregnant at the time he would not be charged with killing a fetus because that law wnet into effect in NC in Novemer of that same year, seveal months after the crime.

  • JAFOTOO Jan 23, 2013

    He killed her because he thought she was pregnant. Was she? If so, he murdered her and his child. He should be charged with 2 counts of 1st degree murder. I know that is not a law but it should be.

  • Uhavenoclu Jan 23, 2013

    Was he here legally??????????????????????????????

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  • mattcli Jan 23, 2013

    It doesn't say life without the possibility of parole. I hope that's just an oversight in the article, because this guy should have zero possibility of ever being free again.

  • pipcolt Jan 23, 2013

    So he gets to live and she is dead. Thats the great american law system at work. Spend the 35 cents and put an end this legal system we have where you can murder someone and still get to live.