Ex-boyfriend sentenced to 50 years for murder

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Richardson resident Jose Ynes Oliba-Cabrera was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the murder of a Plano woman, announced Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis. "I'm proud of our Domestic Violence Unit's hard work, which guarantees that this murderer will never again harm another woman," added Willis.

In May 2017, Oliba-Cabrera, 51,  stabbed his former girlfriend, Ludivina Frias, 48, multiple times and then stabbed himself in the chest in the 3900 Block of W. Parker Road in Plano. 

Civilians nearby witnessed the brutal assault and contacted 911, resulting in an immediate response to the scene by Plano Police. Emergency Medical Services transported both Frias and Oliba-Cabrera to a nearby hospital, where Frias was pronounced dead upon arrival. Plano Detective Paul Martinez thoroughly investigated the case.

Oliba-Cabrera pleaded guilty to murder for an agreed punishment of 50 years in prison. Several members of Frias' family gave victim impact statements following the plea.  Frias' oldest son said his mother was a "woman who would dare to smile on the saddest of days." He called Oliba-Cabrera a "coward for attacking a defenseless woman." Frias' sister said "although we hate what you did, we will not be consumed by hate." 

Frias was a mother to five children and leaves behind her father, brothers and sisters, and many other relatives. She worked tirelessly to support her family, enjoyed cooking for them, and loved to listen to music and dance.

Assistant District Attorneys Kim Laseter and Peter Ganyard prosecuted the case, assisted by District Attorney Investigator Robin Laughon and Victim Assistance Coordinator Jenni Ball, who provided support for the victim's family. Judge Benjamin Smith assessed the agreed sentence.