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Man Who Killed An Arizona School Teacher Near Williams In 2017 Sentenced To Life In Prison Tuesday

A man who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in connection with the death of an elementary school teacher, will spend the rest of his life in prison. Thirty-two-year-old Charlie Malzahn was charged in 2017 with murdering 44-year-old Cathryn Gorospe, after she posted bond for him. She had put her house up as collateral to get Malzahn out of the Coconino County Jail, where he was being held on three felony charges. Malzahn was the stepson of the Williams Police Chief at the time and worked at a restaurant there. Soon after getting out of jail, he stabbed Gorospe to death multiple times near Williams. He was arrested in Phoenix after fleeing from law enforcement. As he was being interviewed, he told police where Gorospe’s body could be found. Her remains were found on private property in Mayer. Prosecutors were seeking the death penalty in the case, but dropped the attempt after Malzahn agreed to a plea guilty. Malzahn was sentenced in a Coconino County courtroom.