Man sentenced for beating girlfriend to death with shovel

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Perla Rodriguez (left) and Travis Becker Jr. (photo of Rodriguez courtesy of Facebook) Perla Rodriguez (left) and Travis Becker Jr. (photo of Rodriguez courtesy of Facebook)
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A 38-year-old man who killed his girlfriend in a northwest Wichita home will spend 35 years in prison before he's eligible for parole. 

Judge Kevin O'Connor on Wednesday sentenced Travis Becker Jr., to life for first-degree murder in the death of 42-year-old Perla Rodriguez. He'll be eligible for parole in 25 years. He will also serve a consecutive 186-month sentence for aggravated kidnapping. 

Becker waived his right to trial in November and entered into a plea agreement on the charges. 

Officers found Rodriguez's body early on the morning of November 14, 2017, at a home in the 2200 block of North Parkridge. A court document said authorities found a wooden handle shovel inside the bedroom, with the shovel blade covered in blood and hair.

Becker was later arrested in Olathe.

Rodriguez was outreach director for the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center. 
 

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