Plea Deal Reached in Capital Murder Case

By Wyatt Goolsby
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - 29-year-old Corina Sifuentes from Midland will spend the rest of her life behind bars. That's after the Midland District Attorney Teresa Clingman made a plea deal with Sifuentes on Friday.

Clingman tells NewsWest 9, officials had been reviewing whether they wanted to seek the death penalty. She said they decided life without parole is "an appropriate resolution in this case." She also said Sifuentes is guilty of a "Revenge killing." 

Sifuentes was charged with shooting and killing 45-year-old Sylvia Zapata back on September 11th, 2008. Investigators believe the shooting was in retaliation for the death of her half brother, Victor Vidal. Sifuentes had been in hiding out in Mexico, but was arrested in Midland in October when she came home to visit her children. 
Clingman also tells NewsWest 9 the family of Sylvia Zapata was in agreement with Friday's sentence for Sifuentes. She added this revenge killing "has to end somewhere."