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HCSO: Murderer In Decade-Old Case Sentenced To Life

CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston
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File photo of a prison cell block. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) A Harris County jury has sentenced a man to life in prison for the 1982 murder of his then girlfriend.

 HCSO: Murderer In Decade Old Case Sentenced To Life

Manuel Pena (Photo Credit: HCSO)

Manuel Richard Pena, 65, was arrested in 2011 by HCSO Cold Case investigators and charged with the murder of Sherri Strong.

On June 16, 1982, 19-year-old Strong was found strangled to death and nude on the floor of the garage at 10731 Hazy Valley Lane in north Harris County.

“The victim’s boyfriend at the time,  Pena, told investigators that Strong committed suicide by hanging herself. After the initial investigation the case went unsolved,” added officials of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

“Investigators with the HCSO’s Cold Case Unit reopened the case in 2011 and Pena was charged and arrested as the suspect in Ms. Strong’s death”, added officials.

On April 24, 2013, a jury found Manuel Pena guilty of murder; consequently, he was sentenced to life in prison on April 25, 2013.

Sherri Strong was murdered by Pena back in 1982. (Photo Credit: HCSO)

Sherri Strong was murdered by Pena back in 1982. (Photo Credit: HCSO)

“He has a lengthy and violent criminal history,” added authorities with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

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