Man sentenced for 2011 motel murder

Jaime Osuna is sentenced Monday, May 15, 2017 in Kern County court in Bakersfield, Calif., for a 2011 murder. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

A man was sentenced Monday morning to life without parole in a murder case.

Jaime Osuna previously pleaded guilty to six charges to avoid the death penalty.

He admitted to killing 37-year-old Yvette Pena in November 2011.

Pena had been found at the El Morocco Motel on Golden State Avenue. Investigators said she had been gagged, and she was found with "stabbing instruments" protruding from her back.

Osuna gave Eyewitness News a jailhouse interview in 2011. At that time, he was still claiming he didn't kill Pena. But, he did describe the scene at the motel.

"Everybody goes there to use and pick up drugs. The hotel room, that purpose was for prostitution and using meth," Osuna told Eyewitness News.

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