Jasper Fernandez, 38, will be sentenced to eight to 10 years in prison for killing Vernita Jose, 36, on Nov. 4, 2011, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales said in a prepared statement.
Jose's body was found on Dec. 16, 2011.
Fernandez admitted in court that he hit Jose's head against a pillar of her car and choked her to death. He then buried her in a shallow grave near County Road 7100, which is within the Navajo Nation, Gonzales said.
He attempted to cover-up the crime by driving Jose's vehicle back to her house and texting her phone messages to give himself an alibi, Gonzales said.