PHOENIX - A Peoria man convicted of killing his mother and then hiding the body in her vehicle has been sentenced to natural life in prison.
Maricopa County prosecutors say 33-year-old Dominic Chagolla was sentenced Friday.
He was found guilty by a jury on April 30 of first-degree murder and concealment of a dead body.
Glendale police say 50-year-old Maria Dolores Chagolla was reported missing on Dec. 15, 2010.
Her body was found days later concealed by a blanket in the back seat of her SUV.
Authorities say she had numerous injuries to the head, including both eyes.
Glendale police arrested Dominic Chagolla on Dec. 21, 2010. He was indicted on a first-degree murder charge and pleaded not guilty in January 2011.
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