LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A former truck driver who pleaded guilty to killing a Minnesota woman in New Mexico in 2001 has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

New Mexico prosecutors say 40-year-old Ronald Ralph King was sentenced Friday.

The Las Cruces Sun-News says King pleaded guilty Tuesday to kidnapping 25-year-old Heather Lynn Eiche from a truck stop in Anthony, N.M., and beating her to death.

Authorities say King admitted to the killing in 2009 while serving a 10-year sentence for two child rapes in Virginia. He was extradited to New Mexico last year.

Eiche’s body was found in February 2001 buried under an old mattress, tires and other debris near a drainage dam just north of the truck stop.

An autopsy showed she died from blunt force trauma to the head.

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Comments (9)
  1. Laura Armenta says:

    He only got 12 years for kidnapping and murder. What is wrong with this country! That is shameful.

  2. Michelle says:

    I guarantee that once this guy gets out, he will kill again. He’s a predator. What he did to this woman was horrific. How could he get only 12 years?! We put people in prison longer for stealing money than for taking a life…it just goes to show what our society places the most value on.

  3. jan says:

    100 years would have been about right, not 12

  4. JiminSavage says:

    Can anyone, with knowledge, advise why the sentence was so short?

  5. This World is F'd says:

    Yeah, who do you have to contact to exclaim your dissatisfaction with this? This is shameful. How can we turn this into an outrage on a larger public scale?

  6. liam Gilmorasy says:

    Just 12 years?
    Whatever the reason or legislated sentencing guidelines was the judge’s hands tied or was he/she just plain out of touch with life or are they afraid…?
    This is embarrassingly nuts.
    What a slap in the face to her family or thinking person.
    I’ve never seen such lienient sentencing for violent crimes as I’ve seen in Minnesota.
    Perhaps an organized protest outside the courthouse where this judge practices would be appropriate.
    On the other hand judges wield considerable power and some have vengeful egos as well.
    Damned it all.

    1. Ronin says:

      Liam, The sentencing was in New Mexico, not Minnesota.

  7. Joe from Mn says:

    Send him to his maker. Let his maker decide what to do with him.

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