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Man Sentenced To 25 Years For 2010 Strangling Murder

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RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. - A man accused of brutally killing his girlfriend and then trying to flee the country has been sentenced by a judge.

Maximalian Ocon, 56, pleaded guilty to second degree murder charges in the 2010 strangling death of his girlfriend Rafaela Ortiz.

Police said they found Ortiz in her La Vergne home beaten with a hammer and then strangled. The words "the devil within" were written in Spanish with her blood on the wall above her bed.

Ocon claimed the act was self-defense, saying that he blacked out and when he woke up, Ortiz was dead. Police said Ocon claimed at the time that the devil had come out of his girlfriend when they argued.

A detective said Ocon's oldest son had called police to turn in his father after he heard him say he might have killed someone.

He was sentenced by a Rutherford County Judge to 25-years in prison, including two years already served to count toward his sentence.

He will be released, with good behavior while imprisoned, when he is 76 years old.

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