PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- A man convicted of shooting a college student to death during a robbery gone wrong will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Ramon Virola, 36, was sentenced to life in prison for helping to obtain a gun that killed Johnson & Wales student Christopher Nelson back in August of 2004.
Investigators said Virola and three other men robbed Nelson at gunpoint at his Federal Hill apartment, then killed him by shooting him in the chest.
"There is no question in my mind that Ramon Virola was a key participant in this fatal escapade," said judge Krause on Monday.
The other three suspects were arrested soon after, but Virola fled the state. He remained on the run for more than seven years, until November of 2011, when he was captured by U.S. Marshals in Phoenix , where he was living under an assumed name.
Last March Virola was found guilty on all counts, which included murder in the first degree, felony assault, conspiracy to commit robbery and discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence.
When asked by a judge Monday if he had anything to say, Virola stood and mentioned evidence he felt was not presented during the trial, and that he looks forward to clearing his name through an appeal.
The victim's mother wrote a statement that was read by the prosecution on Monday. It read, "Words seem trite when you describe what happened when your child was murdered and stripped from life... I go through the motions of living by no joy, peace, or closure."
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