Des Moines Man Sentenced 35 Years In Murder

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A man accused of killing a Des Moines businesswoman nearly 20 years ago has been sentenced to 35 years in prison as part of a plea deal that will likely have him released this month.

The Des Moines Register reports 36-year-old David Flores was sentenced Thursday in connection to the 1996 death of Phyllis Davis.

The sentence is part of a deal with prosecutors that allowed Flores to give an Alford plea. It means he doesn't admit to the act but he acknowledges there is enough evidence to convict him.

Davis was killed after her car was struck by crossfire between rival gangs. Flores was later convicted for her death based on circumstantial evidence. He was granted a new trial in 2009 after additional evidence and testimony was presented.
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