Man sentenced to 65 years for 2003 rape, murder of Marion woman

Roman Cruz Urista

MARION, Ind. (WTHR) - A 63-year-old man will spend the rest of his life in prison for a murder he committed 15 years ago.

Roman Cruz Urista, 63, was sentenced to 65 years in prison for murder and 50 years on other counts. He pleaded guilty to murdering 81-year-old Betty Payne, who was found dead in her home the day after Mother's Day in 2003.

Payne had also been raped. A DNA sample led police to Urista 13 years later.