Fresno woman sentenced in killing of sex offender

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A Fresno woman was sentenced on Friday for her part in killing a registered sex offender who was stabbed 58 times.

Patricia Perez, 50, was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison. Perez was convicted in March along with David Barrera, 50, of Fresno for the stabbing of Lawrence Ballesteros in 2012. Ballesteros' body was dumped near Chandler Airport in Southwest Fresno.

During the trial, Perez told jurors she had no reason to kill Ballesteros, saying he was her friend and she had offered him a place to live.

Barrera's sentencing is scheduled for May 28.

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