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Diaz Sentenced to 80 Years for Hanson County Kidnapping, Murder

Maricella Diaz

A Hanson County murder in 2009 now has closure in the form of a sentence for the second of two people involved in the killing.

In a press release, the sentence was announced from Attorney General Marty Jackley and Hanson County States Attorney Jim Davies. Maricela N. Diaz, 20, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced to 80 years for first degree murder and 50 years for felony murder kidnapping. Sentences to run concurrently with no credit for time served.  Diaz was convicted by a Minnehaha County jury on January 15, 2015.

“Today’s sentence was the direct result of the tremendous effort by the men and women who investigated and prosecuted this case. Diaz and Salgado have been found guilty of the cold blooded murder of a 16 year-old innocent little girl. I struggle to believe that the family of Jasmine Guevara will ever find closure, but I hope that this prison sentence will allow them to begin to heal,” said Jackley.

KDLT’s Jill Johnson reports the sentencing in Alexandria took most of the day, where prosecutors held up a picture of Guevara, then a picture of her burned body after her death. In one of the rare moments that we’ve seen her cry, she said, “I ask you, your honor, please have mercy on me.” A short time later, 20-year-year-old Diaz learned her fate.

On November 10, 2009, Maricela Diaz and Alexander Salgado murdered Jasmine Guevara. Diaz and then-boyfriend Salgado were both arrested in November of 2009 for luring Guevara to a remote location in rural Hanson County, where they stabbed her, cut her throat and then set her car on fired while she was in the trunk.

Salgado pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in August of 2010 for his involvement in Guevara’s death. He is currently serving a life sentence at the State Penitentiary.

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