KILLEEN (May 1, 2013)--Former Fort Hood soldier David Michael Vega pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder in the 2012 stabbing murder of his ex-girlfriend at her Killeen home.
Bell County Assistant District Attorney Mike Waldman said 27th District Judge John Gauntt sentenced Vega to a life term after Vega pleaded guilty to stabbing Danielle Acosta-Guerrero to death on Aug. 17, 2012.
The woman's 6-year-old child was injured in the attack, but has recovered from his wounds.
Waldman said Vega, 28, must serve at least 30 years in state prison before he can be considered for parole.
Vega made no statement in court Wednesday, Waldman said.
Vega, who was indicted in March, was on the run for two months before he was arrested Oct. 11, 2012, in Modesto, Calif. and then returned to Bell County on Oct. 31, 2012 from Stanislaus County Jail where was held after his arrest.
Police had been looking for Vega since early in the morning on Aug. 17, 2012 when officers were sent to a home in the 2400 block of Haven in Killeen after a jogger and a neighbor reported hearing a woman scream.
The jogger went to a neighbor's house for help and the two tried to get the victim to come to the door, but could not.
While the two were knocking on the door, a light inside the house came on and they saw a man inside whom they later described to police.
When officers arrived they began searching the area and as they looked through the windows of the house they saw Acosta-Guerrero, 30, lying on the floor.
Officers forced entry to the home and called Killeen Fire Department EMS.
Paramedics began performing CPR on the victim and transported her to a local hospital, where a short time later she was pronounced dead.
Vega was arrested early in the morning on Oct. 11, 2012 after a Turlock, Calif., police officer spotted a suspicious gold Jeep Cherokee in a motel parking lot whose license plate turned out to have been stolen from another vehicle.
The officer checked the Jeep's vehicle identification number and determined Vega was the owner and that the soldier was wanted for murder.
Police confirmed Vega was inside a room at the motel and a Tactical Response Team was deployed.