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Cecily Aguilar, the Texas woman who allegedly helped mutilate and hide the body of soldier Vanessa Guillénwas sentenced to 30 years in prison after a lengthy hearing, the US Attorney’s Office in West Texas said.
Aguilar had pleaded guilty in November to federal charges related to the 2020 Fort Hood slaying. The charges included one count of accessory to murder after the fact and three counts of false statement or representation.
Aguilar was the girlfriend of Aaron Robinson, the soldier suspected of killing the 20-year-old soldier. Robinson fatally shot himself as police moved to arrest him in connection with the case.
Before the sentence issued in a court in Waco (Texas), the testimonies of Guillén’s family and authorities were heard who recounted Aguilar’s contradictions in covering up his partner, soldier Aaron Robinson, in the dismemberment of Guillén’s body and the burial of his remains.
Robinson murdered Guillén, 20, by hitting her multiple times with a hammer on the head on April 22, 2020 at the Fort Hood (Texas) military base, where the soldier was stationed.
Guillén was last seen in the parking lot of the Engineer Squadron Headquarters of the Fort Hood Cavalry Regiment.
His car and room keys, as well as his ID card and wallet, were found in the gun room where he had worked earlier that day.
After a strong campaign by Guillén’s family to call attention to her disappearance, the remains of the soldier were found on June 30, 2020 near the León River, 20 miles from the military base.
During Aguilar’s sentencing hearing, witnesses said that Robinson had the idea to dismember Guillén’s body and they also indicated that Aguilar and Robinson visited the site where Guillén’s remains were buried twice, first to dismember the body and then to mix his remains with cement.
Despite the fact that the investigations located Robinson, the man committed suicide before the police siege, leaving Aguilar as the only defendant in the case.