HOUSTON -- A woman convicted earlier this week of stabbing her boyfriend with a 5½-inch stiletto heel was given life in prison Friday for his death.
Ana Trujillo, 45, could be seen silently crying Friday when her sentence was handed down.
"I never meant to hurt him," Trujillo said before the judge made the jury's decision final. "It was never my intent. I loved him. I wanted to get away. I never wanted to kill him."
Alf Stefan Andersson's niece, lva Olofsson, said the family was happy with the verdict.
"My uncle was a great man. He was kind. He didn't deserve what happened to him. We are happy that justice is served," she said.
Trujillo stabbed Andersson at least 25 times in the face with the heel of her $1,500 shoes during an argument in June at his Houston condominium. Prosecutors called the crime a vicious murder committed in a fit of rage, but Trujillo's lawyers said she was defending herself as the University of Houston professor and researcher attacked her.
A Harris County Criminal Court jury started the sentencing phase of the trial Wednesday, the day after jurors returned their guilty verdict. That wrapped up Friday morning and deliberations on Trujillo's fate began.
During the trial pathologists said that Andersson, 59, had a face full of puncture wounds that matched the steel heel of the size 9 platform pump she pummeled him with as she sat on his chest. He did not have any skull fractures.
Ana Lilia Trujillo's murder weapon.
Prosecutors portrayed Trujillo, a Mexican native, as out of control on the night of the slaying after she and her boyfriend went to a taco shop and had drinks. A cab driver who took the couple home before Andersson's death June 9 told jurors that Trujillo was angry and yelling on the ride to his luxury high-rise condo.
Once the couple got home, they began arguing, prosecutors said. During the confrontation, Andersson was injured and fell on his back. That's when Trujillo straddled his chest, preventing him from getting up and whacking his face with her spiked heel.
Witnesses portrayed Andersson, a native of Sweden who became a U.S. citizen, as mild mannered and quiet though they said he had a drinking problem.
Trujillo's lawyers told jurors that their client was a victim of domestic violence who had to use deadly force.
Other witnesses presented in the punishment phase of the trial said Trujillo became violent toward them when she drank. She previously had been arrested twice for drunk driving; she had been drinking the night of the murder but her blood-alcohol level was not tested.