Boyfriend gets 50 years in 2016 slaying of Texas A&M student

Maricarmen Quiroz-Octaviano and Victor Manuel Garcia-Loyo.

BRYAN, Texas (AP) — A man living near Austin must serve 50 years in prison for the 2016 fatal shooting of his girlfriend who attended Texas A&M University and was slain at her off-campus apartment.

Victor Manuel Garcia-Loyo of Del Valle (VAL’-ee) was sentenced Wednesday in Bryan. Brazos (BRAZ’-uhs) County Assistant District Attorney Jessica Escue (ES’-kyoo) says the 23-year-old Garcia-Loyo on Monday pleaded guilty to murder in a plea deal.

The case involves the September 2016 death of 21-year-old Maricarmen Quiroz-Octaviano, who was from Austin and a senior at Texas A&M. Authorities believe Garcia-Loyo shot his girlfriend during an argument in College Station.

Police later contacted Garcia-Loyo, tracked his cellphone and caught him in Fort Worth.

Escue says Garcia-Loyo was also held for immigration authorities and could face deportation. The prosecutor had no further details.