FREEHOLD, NJ – On Friday, Bryan Cordero-Castro, 21, was sentenced by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Marc C. Lemieux to 35 years in state prison, for the stabbing death of his former 16-year-old girlfriend.
In November 2019, Cordero-Castro pleaded guilty to killing Madison Wells at her family's home in Long Branch, New Jersey. The murder took place on September 8, 2018, shortly after the teen broke up with him.
Cordero-Castro had been relentlessly stalking the girl, leading up to her murder, according to court documents.
In the nine hours before her slaying, Cordero-Castro texted and called the teenager more than 230 times and went looking for her at her family member’s home, according to a joint investigation by the county prosecutor’s office and Long Branch police.
Cordero-Castro ultimately returned to the residence, where Wells agreed to meet him outside, investigators said. Minutes later, he stabbed her in the chest. The teen stumbled back into the house and collapsed. She died later that night at an area hospital.
The illegal alien was arrested a few hours later at his cousin's house. Once at the police station, he ran from the booking area in an attempt to escape. However, he was quickly captured by two officers.
Bryan Cordero-Castro, received 30 years for aggravated manslaughter and another five years for trying to escape police custody.
He will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.