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Man Convicted in Death of Pt. Pleasant’s Kyleigh Sousa

A transient accused of fatally dragging an Arizona State University student while stealing her purse has been convicted of first-degree murder and robbery.

Kyleigh Sousa (left) and Joseluis Marquez (Tempe, AZ Police Department)

Maricopa County prosecutors said Monday that 22-year-old Joseluis Marquez faces between 25 years to life in prison when he’s sentenced Dec. 14.

Authorities say 21-year-old Kyleigh Sousa, a 2007 graduate of Point Pleasant Borough High School, was outside a Tempe restaurant around 2 a.m. on May 26, 2010, when a man approached her and grabbed her purse.

Tempe police say the man jumped into a rental car and took off, dragging Sousa, who was tangled up in the purse’s strap.

Authorities say a witness later identified Marquez as the driver and he was arrested in December 2010.

Sousa was kept on life support until her family arrived from Toms River.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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