HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Alfredo Rameriz-Rosas, who spent more than twenty years avoiding capture following the 1993 rape and murder of an 82-year-old retired teacher, pleaded guilty to the crimes on Tuesday and was sentenced to 70 years in prison, according to a statement from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
When Mildred Stallones was killed in 1993, crime scene investigators were led to a home just fifty yards away where Rameriz-Rosas had lived with three other men. The roommates had told investigators that Rameriz-Rosas disappeared after getting drunk and bragging about the crimes. When officers checked his room in the home, they found bloody pants that later revealed Stallones' DNA.
Following an extensive investigation, the Tomball Police Department learned Rameriz-Rosas was in Mexico. He was not captured until 2013 by Mexican officials in Michoacan and he was not extradited to the U.S. for another three years after.
“Had it not been for the unceasing persistence of Miss Stallones’ family, in particular her son, the man responsible for this crime could’ve evaded justice here in the United States,” said Assistant District Attorney Joshua Phanco. “Leighton (Mildred’s son) really led the charge on bringing this case home.”
For years, Leighton wrote and called several elected officials, from state senators all the way to the White House. During that time, Leighton also contacted Kim Bryant, head of the fugitive apprehension section of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
“Leighton is a true advocate for his mother, but this was also a multi-agency effort,” said Bryant. “From the very start of this investigation, Tomball PD did a great job, but it was also the FBI, U.S. Marshals…it really was dedication that led to this outcome.”
In 2016, deputy U.S. marshals brought Rameriz-Rosas back to the U.S. to stand trial, under the stipulation from the Mexican government that he not face the death penalty, since it is not used in Mexico.
Rameriz-Rosas faced three charges of murder, aggravated sexual assault and burglary habitation-rape. He received a 70-year sentence for each charge, totaling 210 years to run concurrently.