Fall River teen sentenced to life for brutal murder

Bristol County District Attorney's Office. (WLNE)

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) — Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn said an 18-year old was sentenced to life in prison for a 2019 murder.

Police said Heavenly Arroyo, 18, stabbed her great-uncle’s girlfriend, Ana Vasquez-Rodriguez, 68, to death in her bed.

Court documents said Vasquez-Rodriguez, was bedridden after having a stroke.

Because of this, police say she was unable to defend herself from Arroyo, who was 15 at the time.

Court documents said Arroyo disposed of her clothes in a dumpster near the Johnson Street home after the murder.

Documents further state she told the grandson of Vasquez-Rodriguez that his grandmother was not feeling well after killing her.

Police said the grandson was alone in the house when he went to check on his grandmother. Upon entering her room, the grandson immediately called 911.

Officers who were on-scene say Arroyo claimed she was outside and witnessed a masked man running from the home.

Booking officers said she made a series of confessions while in police custody that contradicted her earlier statements.

Arroyo was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 19 years.

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