Mugshot of Victor Serrano, 40.
(Dallas County Jail)
An illegal immigrant has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after cold case investigators linked him to the murder of his sister-in-law 22 years ago.
Investigators initially suspected a 40-year-old Victor Serrano killed Manuela Dominguez in Dallas, in 1996, but believed that he had fled to Mexico after they asked to talk with him, the Dallas Morning News reported.
It was Facebook that finally breathed new life into the two-year-old case.
Serrano, who was 18 at the time of the murders, was sentenced in Dallas on Thursday after pleading guilty to raping and strangling Dominguez, 23, the paper reported. Serrano spared the victim’s baby, a six months old baby, who was left near her mother’s body in a box, only for eight hours after the murder.
The child, named Daisy Serrano-Dominguez, is now 23.
The daughter was the key to cracking the case after a long-lost cousin found her on Facebook and they began to talk about the case. Serrano-Dominguez contacted Dallas Police cold case detective Noe Camacho, who eventually used Facebook to track down Serrano, who lived in Utah under an assumed name, according to the paper.
He was linked to the crime through DNA evidence after his arrest in May of last year. The test is connected to the semen found on Dominguez to him, the paper reported.
Serrano-Dominguez said they asked him in court why he spared her, and Serrano told her that he would never hurt a child.
“He said that he would never hurt a child, but in the end he still hurt me,” she said in the court at sentencing, according to the paper.
The paper that last year it was reported that Camacho was in the hope that Serrano would not be deported, while he was waiting for his DNA to be tested.