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Man sentenced 25 years to life for bartender murder

Tony Perez, 35, was arrested in the murder of bartender Cori Desmond.

September 13, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A San Bernardino man has been sentenced 25 years to life in prison for murdering a Manhattan Beach bartender and dumping her body in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Tony Perez was sentenced Monday. Investigators said he encountered 28-year-old Cori Desmond in the early morning hours of February 2009 as she left a bar where she worked.

Desmond's body, wrapped in plastic bags, was later dumped in a snow bank in the mountains.

Prosecutors said Perez strangled Desmond during an attempted rape.