Man sentenced to life in prison without parole in killing of Muslim teen

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Man sentenced to life in prison without parole in killing of Muslim teen
Darwin Martinez-Torres (left) Nabra Hassanen (right)

By fox5dc.com staff

Posted Mar 28 2019 10:39AM EDT

Updated Mar 28 2019 11:20AM EDT

FAIRFAX, Va. (FOX 5 DC) – A northern Virginia man who pleaded guilty to raping and killing a Muslim teenager has been sentenced to life without parole. Darwin Martinez-Torres of Sterling was sentenced in court on Thursday.

In November of last year, Martinez-Torres pleaded guilty to the 2017 slaying of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen.

Police say Hassanen was killed as she walked back to a mosque with friends after a pre-dawn, fast-food meal ahead of Ramadan services in the Sterling area.

Hassanen’s death received widespread attention amid concerns that her slaying was motivated by anti-Muslim sentiment, though police repeatedly said they had no evidence of a hate crime.