NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A New Brunswick man convicted of stalking and killing his former girlfriend could spend the rest of his life behind bars after being sentenced by Judge Pedro J. Jimenez, Jr.

As we reported, 28-year-old Giver Quiroz-Vasquez was found guilty by a jury in the June 24, 2015 murder of 24-year-old Alicia Martinez-Izaguirr, who was also a city resident.

Under Jimenez's sentence, he will be locked up until at least his 43rd birthday.

Now a resident of New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, Vasquez also goes by the names Gilberto Juarez-Vasques and Erick Morales Sandin, according to authorities.

Vasquez was found guilty on October 4, 2017 of stalking and murdering Martinez-Izaguirr, who he had previously dated.

"He was also found guilty of unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon with a purpose to use it unlawfully against the person of another," according to a statement from the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO).

As reported in the MCPO's press release on the sentencing:

During a trial, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Bina Desai and Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Simret Michael presented evidence and testimony showing Vasquez followed the victim from her new boyfriend’s house, waited for her while she stopped at Dunkin Donuts and fired at her car when she turned onto Docks Corner Road in South Brunswick. He then proceeded to follow her into the parking lot at 241 Docks Corner Road, where she worked, walked up to her car window and shot her twice in the head before fleeing the area.

Vasquez was traced the next day to New Hope, Pa., where he fled to in a borrowed car, and was arrested during an extensive investigation by Detective Monica Shearer of the South Brunswick Police Department, and Detectives Craig Marchak and Grace Brown of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Agt. Jennifer Morelli of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office assisted in the case. 

Judge Jimenez ordered Vasquez to have no contact with the family of the victim, but allowed all of the charges to be combined into one life sentence.  The killer was also given credit for the 937 days he was incarcerated from June 2015 to July 2018.

Although Vasquez received a life sentence, he could potentially be released on parole as early as fifteen years from now.  According to the NJ Department of Corrections website, he could become eligible for parole on February 16, 2033.

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