Man who tied concrete to wife gets life term in her drowning

Man who tied concrete to wife gets life term in her drowning
This undated photo released by Tarrant County Correction Center shows Rodolfo Arellano. Arellano must serve life in prison for the 2016 drowning of his estranged wife whose body was found in a lake with a 119-pound hunk of concrete tied to her neck. Prosecutors in Fort Worth say Arellano pleaded guilty Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, to capital murder in a plea deal for life behind bars without chance of parole. (Tarrant County Correction Center via AP)

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas man who admitted to killing his estranged wife by tying a massive chunk of concrete to her and throwing her off a bridge into a lake has been sentenced to life in prison.

Prosecutors in Fort Worth say Rodolfo “Rudy” Arellano pleaded guilty Wednesday to capital murder. He’ll serve life behind bars without chance of parole.

The 36-year-old man could have faced the death penalty if convicted at trial.

The body of 28-year-old Elizabeth Arellano was discovered in April 2016 in Lake Worth after police say fishermen reported hearing screams and seeing someone fall from the bridge.

When her body was discovered, a rope was tied around her neck attached to a 119-pound (54-kilogram) hunk of concrete. Rodolfo Arellano was arrested 10 days later.