S’side woman’s killer gets 30-year prison sentence

YAKIMA – After more than seven years of waiting, the family of Veronica Ayala can rest knowing her murderer will spend the next 30 years in prison.

Eric Flores, 32, was sentenced last Friday in Yakima County Superior Court for his crime.

In January he entered an Alford plea, agreeing the prosecution had enough evidence to convict him. However, it also means that he did not admit his guilt.

Judge Ruth Reukauf signed the sentencing agreement, which convicts Flores of second degree murder with a firearms enhancement and first degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Ayala was gunned down in her Sunnyside home on July 29, 2007. Her six children were present at the time of her murder and one of her daughters, then 7-years-old, found her.

Flores could not be found by authorities because he fled to Mexico. It took five years to locate and extradite him.

Ayala’s mother, Diane Cantu, has been caring for the children since the murder.


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