Paul Flores  "a disease to society."

Judge Jennifer O'Keefe of the Monterey County Superior Court described Paul Flores as "a disease to society."

According to the prosecution, Flores, now 46, killed Smart on May 25, 1996, while attempting to rape her.

In 2021, Flores and his father were both detained on suspicion of aiding in the concealment of Smart's body.

a man who disappeared from a college campus in California more than 25 years ago was given a sentence of 25 years to life in prison on Friday.

In October, a jury held Flores accountable for first-degree murder.

As a sexual offender, Flores must also register.

Salinas, in Monterey County, roughly 110 miles (177 kilometers) north of San Luis Obispo, hosted the trial.

Chris Peuvrelle, the prosecutor, referred to Flores as a "genuine sociopath" and said he should never be allowed to leave prison.