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Life in Prison for Nampa Man Who Murdered Girlfriend, Buried Her in Cornfield

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Alfredo Martinez, 40, has been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 20 years. - CANYON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
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  • Alfredo Martinez, 40, has been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 20 years.


Nearly a year ago, a Canyon County cornfield became a crime scene when the body of 36-year-old Selena Thomas, a victim of domestic abuse, was found there. On Monday, 40-year-old Alfredo Martinez stood before a 3rd District courtroom in Caldwell and admitted to killing Thomas.

"I am sorry," he said, according to a report from the Idaho Press-Tribune.

Martinez had beaten his girlfriend to death with a hammer in their Nampa home. Prosecutors said Martinez hid Thomas' corpse first in a closet and later in the trunk of her car before recruiting three friends to move and bury the body in a cornfield near Melba.

Ultimately, Martinez agreed to a plead guilty to second-degree murder. Under the plea agreement, he was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 20 years.

A co-defendant, 25-year-old Jose Flores, has already pleaded guilty to felony destruction of evidence and failure to report a death. Two other defendants, Jorge Garcia, 21, and Daniel Sena, 22, were each charged with assisting Martinez in disposing of the body and have pleaded not guilty to the charges. Their trials are pending.