College student found guilty for killing his girlfriend

Man Found Guilty of Killing Girlfriend in Millersville University Dorm
Man Found Guilty of Killing Girlfriend in Millersville University Dorm

A man from Pennsylvania has been found guilty of 3rd degree murder this week in the 2015 death of his girlfriend, following an argument about spilled noodles, according to local reports.

Gregorio Orrostieta, now 20, was convicted Monday and faces 20 to 40 years in prison for the February 2015 death of Karlie Halls -- a freshman at Millersville University outside Lancaster, Pa. -- who was found dead inside a dorm room.

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"We're surprised," said Lancaster Country District Attorney spokesperson Brett Hambright told WPMT.

"We thought it was a first degree murder," Hambright said.

The station reports closing arguments were heard Monday before the jury deliberated for about an hour and 20 minutes.

Back in 2015, Orrostieta said the pair argued over noodles following a night out and that victim fell and hit her head. When paramedics arrived on the scene, Orrostieta was found performing CPR -- although it's believed that the female died hours earlier.

Orrostieta had previously accused Halls of cheating and the argument was a result of his mounting jealousy, according to reports.

Prosecutors had hoped for a 1st degree murder charge that carries with it a lifetime sentence in prison. The DA's office say they respect the jurors' verdict and will move on to sentencing.

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