Man sentenced to 25 years to life for killing Kristin Smart

Paul Flores stands during his murder trial in Monterey County Superior Court in Salinas, Calif., Monday, July 18, 2022. (Daniel Dreifuss/Monterey County Weekly via AP, Pool)

A 45-year-old man convicted of killing Kristin Smart in California more than 26 years ago was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on Friday.

Monterey County Superior Court Judge Jennifer O’Keefe called Paul Flores a “cancer to society” during his sentencing, and ordered him to register as a sex offender, The Associated Press reported. The judge rejected defense motions to toss out his conviction, acquit him and order a new trial, the AP said.

“Today, our criminal and victim justice system has finally delivered justice for Kristin Smart, for the Smart family, and for our San Luis Obispo County community,” said District Attorney Dan Dow in a statement. “We thank the Smart family and our community for the tremendous trust and patience they placed in the investigation and prosecution of this terrible crime. Today, justice delayed is not justice denied.”

Flores, 45, was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Smart, 19, his schoolmate.

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