HOUSTON (Covering Katy) – A man who spent more than 20 years on the run after he raped and murdered an 82-year-old retired Tomball teacher pleaded guilty Tuesday and was sentenced to 70 years in prison, Harris County prosecutors said.
Alfredo Rameriz-Rosas spent decades evading justice after he killed Mildred Stallones in 1993. Crime scene investigators at the time were led to a home just 50 yards away from where Rameriz-Rosas lived with three other men. They told investigators that their roommate disappeared after getting drunk and bragging about the crime. When officers checked his room, they found bloody pants that later revealed the victim’s DNA.
After an extensive investigation, Tomball Police discovered Rameriz-Rosas was in Mexico. It was not until 2013 that he was captured by Mexican officials in Michoacan. It took another three years for him to be extradited to the U.S.
“Had it not been for the unceasing persistence of Miss Stallones’ family, in particular, her son, the man responsible for this crime could’ve evaded justice here in the United States,” Assistant District Attorney Joshua Phanco said. “Leighton (Mildred’s son) really led the charge on bringing this case home.”
For years, Leighton Stallones wrote and called several elected officials, from state senators all the way to the White House. During that time, Leighton also reached out to Kim Bryant, head of the fugitive apprehension section of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
“Leighton is a true advocate for his mother, but this was also a multi-agency effort,” Bryant said. “From the very start of this investigation, Tomball PD did a great job, but it was also the FBI, U.S. Marshals. It really was dedication that led to this outcome.”
In 2013, after several attempts, Mexican authorities captured Rameriz-Rosas at the request of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
In 2016, deputy U.S. marshals brought him back to the United States to stand trial, under the stipulation from the Mexican government that he does not face the death penalty, as it is not used in Mexico.
Rameriz-Rosas faced three charges of murder, aggravated sexual assault, and burglary habitation-rape. He received a 70-year sentence for each charge, totaling 210 years to run concurrently.