Christian Bahena Rivera is found guilty of the 2018 murder of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts

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Christian Bahena Rivera is found guilty of the 2018 murder of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts

  • Bahena Rivera was sentenced Friday afternoon and is facing a mandatory life sentence
  • Tibbets, a 20-year-old college student, was kidnapped and stabbed to death in July 2018 while jogging in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa.
  • Undocumented Mexican migrant Christian Bahena Rivera, 26, faces murder all week, with verdict on Friday
  • Bahena Rivera was charged with first degree murder of Tibbets

An undocumented Mexican immigrant has been convicted of the first degree murder of Mollie Tibbetts.

26-year-old Christian Bahena Rivera was unanimously convicted by jurors on Friday afternoon. The state of Iowa carries a mandatory life sentence for first-degree murder, and Bahena Rivera will be formally sentenced on July 15.

Bahena Rivera sat expressionless as the verdict was read Friday afternoon in a courtroom in Scott County, Iowa. It came after about eight hours of deliberation, with the jury consisting of five women and seven men.

Christian Bahena Rivera, 26, is accused of stabbing Tibbetts to death in Powesheik County, Iowa, in July 2018. She disappeared while jogging in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa.

The undocumented Mexican immigrant is accused of following Tibbetts and claims he got out of his car to talk to her.

Tibbetts allegedly threatened to call the police with Rivera claiming that he subsequently became angry with her and ’embezzled’. Rivera said he later woke up to see Tibbetts bleeding in the trunk of his car, and buried her in a corn field.

Bahena Rivera is being led out of court in handcuffs after being convicted of first-degree murder in the death of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbets on Friday.

Bahena Rivera is being led out of court in handcuffs after being convicted of first-degree murder in the death of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbets on Friday.

Bahena Rivera pictured in court on May 27, the day before jurors pass judgment on Mollie Tibbetts murder case

Bahena Rivera pictured in court on May 27, the day before jurors pass judgment on Mollie Tibbetts murder case

Tibbetts, pictured in 2016, was kidnapped and murdered in July 2018 while jogging in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa.

Tibbetts, pictured in 2016, was kidnapped and murdered in July 2018 while jogging in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa.

A massive hunt for Tibbetts’ body was launched afterward, with Rivera leading investigators to her remains in a corn field a few weeks later.

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