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Milwaukee man sentenced for brutal killing of 15-year-old girl


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - An 18-year-old Milwaukee man will spend at least 52 years in prison for the brutal murder of a 15-year-old girl last April.

Eduardo Ivanez was given a life term Thursday, after a jury found him guilty of first-degree intentional homicide in the slaying of Stephanie Romero. But Circuit Judge Jeffrey Wagner gave Ivanez a chance at freedom, by declaring that he can be eligible for a supervised release when he turns 70.

According to prosecutors, Ivanez and Romero went to a nearby vacant house where they had sex – and when three friends arrived, they noticed that the girl was bleeding. One of the friends asked what was happening, and Ivanez then stomped on Romero’s face and started choking her.

She was then carried to a bathroom, and her personal items were stolen – including a knife that was thrown away.

Police said Ivanez then tried having sex with Romero’s body before hiding her in a crawl space of the vacant house two days later.