Karlie Hall’s life was cut short at the age of 18 over spilled noodles.
Gregorio Orrostieta (above) was found guilty on Monday for killing the Millersville University of Pennsylvania freshman in her dorm room on Feb. 8, 2015. The 20-year-old man now faces 20 to 40 years behind bars for beating and strangling Hall to death.
Orrostieta told police he and his girlfriend had argued over spilled noodles after a night of drinking. He claimed they fought and she fell and hit her head. Hall’s autopsy concluded that deadly force was used on her head, neck and chest.
After Orrostieta called 911, police found Orrostieta administering CPR on Hall. Authorities later said he was faking it because the young woman had already been dead for hours.
The Lancaster County district attorney’s office was seeking a conviction for first-degree murder, but a jury reached a verdict of third-degree murder because they “found it was not an intentional killing.”
“That’s not reckless, that’s not negligent,” argued Assistant District Attorney Susan Ellison. “That’s intent.”
Prosecutors also told the jury Orrostieta was a jealous boyfriend who cursed and shoved Hall earlier that evening at a party before they returned to her dorm room.
“We’re surprised,” said Brett Hambright of the district attorney’s office. “We thought we had a first-degree case here. That’s what we presented.”
Defense attorney Peter Bowers said, “There are no winners in this case. There never were.”
Hall’s death marks the first homicide on the university’s campus. Orrostieta will face sentencing in about 90 days.
(Photo from top: Image Source, Getty Images, AP Photo/Lancaster County Prison via PennLive.com, Karlie Hall via Facebook)