An Indiana teenager who pleaded guilty to killing his pregnant girlfriend and their unborn baby after she did not get an abortion was sentenced to 65 years in prison Tuesday.
Fox 59 News reports a judge sentenced Aaron Trejo, 17, to 55 years in prison for the December 2018 death of cheerleader Breana Rouhselang, 17, and an additional 10 years for the death of their six-month unborn child.
Trejo and Rouhselang both were students at Mishawaka High School in Indiana. Trejo played football, and Rouhselang was a cheerleader. Allegedly, Trejo told police he stabbed Rouhselang because he was angry that she had waited so long to tell him about the pregnancy, and it was too late to have an abortion. ABC News reports Trejo reportedly told authorities that he planned for more than a week to murder her.
According to court documents, Trejo stabbed her in the heart in December 2018 and then put her body in a plastic bag and threw it in the trash outside of a local restaurant in Mishawaka, Fox 59 reports.
Trejo’s sentence was part of a plea deal. He plead guilty last fall.
The AP reports Melissa Wallace, Rouhselang’s mother, wanted Trejo to receive life in prison.
“I’m glad we got justice for Bre,” she said after the sentencing Tuesday. “But no amount of time will ever replace what he took from me.”
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Rouhselang’s father also spoke of his anguish saying, Trejo “[had] no remorse or regret for what he’s done,” according to South Bend Tribune. …
Trejo himself offered an apology to his slain girlfriend’s family saying, “There is no excuse for what I’ve done. Saying I’m sorry wouldn’t be enough, but it’s all I can give.”
Violence against pregnant women and their unborn babies is disturbingly common. LifeNews has reported numerous crime stories where men allegedly murdered or attempted to murder pregnant partners who refused to abort their unborn babies.
Studies of victims of sex trafficking indicate they often are pressured or forced to abort their unborn babies so they can continue working. As LifeNews previously reported, one study found that as many as 64 percent of post-abortive women say they felt pressure to have an abortion.
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