Ortega sentenced to life in prison for 2012 murder

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Updated: 11/06/2013 11:40 pm
A defendant convicted of a Littlefield murder has learned his punishment.
    
A jury sentenced 22-year-old Eduardo Ortega to life in prison for the shooting death of his girlfriend.
  
Twenty-four-year-old Ashley Perea's body was found in the apartment she shared with Ortega in July of 2012.
      
Ortega claimed the shooting was accidental and the gun went off during a struggle. 
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