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Vargas gets life in 2008 death of Tucson Sunday school teacher

Luis Vargas (Source: KOLD News 13) Luis Vargas (Source: KOLD News 13)
Kay Read (Source: Family photo) Kay Read (Source: Family photo)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Luis Vargas, the man convicted of murder in the disappearance of a Tucson woman eight years ago, was sentenced to life in prison on Monday, Sept. 12.

Last month, a jury found Vargas guilty of murder, arson, theft and kidnapping.

Vargas was accused of killing Tucson Sunday school teacher Kay Read in 2008.

Read's body has not been found.

Vargas was convicted last month of killing Read.

Read, who used crutches since being stricken with polio, was a Sunday school teacher who went missing from her home on Tucson's southeast side in 2008.

Prosecutors tied surveillance video and Vargas fingerprints to Read's disappearance and murder.

Just last week, Read's family had a chance to speak to Vargas in court.

Read's sister, Mary Seagle, told Vargas she forgives him but also begged him to tell her family where her sister was.

"I'm not going to let it fester and eat me alive and I hope it doesn't you," Seagle said. "And I hope you're OK. But I would really, really appreciate - my family would - if you would just tell us where she's at."

The defense had insisted someone else committed the crime and that investigators made many mistakes and the state did not prove its case. The prosecution told jurors fingerprint, video surveillance and other evidence point to Vargas as the killer.

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