Woman gets 20 years in cold case

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - Com­piled from wire re­ports

A San An­to­nio woman has been sen­tenced to 20 years in prison af­ter plead­ing guilty to murder in a case that had been un­solved for nearly two decades.

Carmen Hi­no­josa Na­jera, who pleaded guilty last month, was sen­tenced Mon­day. The 51year-old’s un­so­licited con­fes­sion even­tu­ally led to her ar­rest.

Dar­ren Holden was found shot to death in 1992 at the con­ve­nience store he man­aged. Na­jera had been fired from the store the day be­fore.

The San An­to­nio Ex­press-News re­ported that court doc­u­ments said in­ves­ti­ga­tors sus­pected her but didn’t have enough ev­i­dence for an ar­rest.

In 2008, she told po­lice she and her son had both par­tic­i­pated in the slay­ing. Her son has been ar­rested for the slay­ing but has not yet been in­dicted. He has de­nied in­volve­ment.

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