A 25-year-old man who helped bury the body of a Nampa woman murdered by her fiance will serve up to seven years in prison.
Jorse Cruz Flores, who was sentenced in Canyon County Court Monday, won’t be eligible for parole until he has served a year.
Flores pleaded guilty in July to failure to report a death and destruction of evidence in connection with the murder of Selena Thomas. The 37-year-old Nampa woman was killed in August of 2014.
Flores also helped hide the murder weapon, prosecutors said.
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Flores is the nephew of Alfredo Martinez, the man who pleaded guilty to murdering Thomas. Authorities recovered her body from a field near Melba a week after she was killed.
Lori Moon, Thomas’ mother, gave a victim impact statement in court, according to the prosecutor’s office. She said she was devastated not knowing where her daughter was.
Flores’ sentences on the two charges will be served at the same time. For failure to report a death, he received seven years in prison and must serve one year before he is eligible for parole. He received five years for destruction of evidence, with the same parole requirement.
Two other men also pleaded guilty to felony failure to notify authorities in the Thomas case. Daniel Francisco Sena is scheduled to be sentenced at 10 a.m. Oct. 9, and Jorge Luis Garcia is to be sentenced at 10 a.m. Oct. 14.