By CBSLA Staff

RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — A Long Beach man was sentenced to death Friday for the 2010 murder of 17-year-old Norma Lopez in Moreno Valley.

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Jesse Perez Torres, 44, was found guilty of first-degree murder last year, and jurors found the circumstance of murder during a kidnapping to be true. A week later, the same jury sentenced Torres to death.

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Judge Bernard Schwartz on Friday affirmed the jury’s decision and sentenced Torres to death.

Norma Lopez was kidnapped on July 15, 2010 as she walked to a friend’s house from summer school at Valley View High School in Moreno Valley. Her body was found five days later in a nearby dirt field about three miles away.

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Torres, who lived in the neighborhood where the murder and kidnapping happened, was linked to the crime by DNA.

An undated photograph of 17-year-old Norma Lopez, who was kidnapped and murdered while walking home from school in Moreno Valley, Calif., on July 15, 2010. (Facebook)

At the sentencing hearing, Norma’s sister read a statement from their mother.

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“I took Norma to school that day not knowing it was the last time I will ever see her again,” the letter said. “That’s the day this nightmare started. Without Norma, my house was filled with pain and sadness.”