LOCKHART, Tx. (KOSA) -- Robert Fabian has been sentenced for the murder of Zuzu Verk.
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Fabian has been sentenced to serve life in prison for Murder and 20 years in prison for Tampering with a Corpse (Evidence).
The sentencing was decided by a Caldwell County Jury that found Fabian guilty of both charges on Tuesday.
The jury spent another three hours deliberating on Wednesday, this time for Fabian’s sentencing.
The prosecution asked for 99 years (life) for the first-degree murder of Sul Ross student Zuzu Verk, and the defense requested 2 years to 20 for murder under the influence of “sudden passion.”
Ultimately, the jury sentenced Fabian to life for first-degree murder, and 20 years for tampering with a corpse.
The judge told the defense that the sentences will run concurrently and that Fabian is able to appeal the conviction.
After the verdict was read, Fabian shook his head, and then Zuzu’s brother, Miles Verk, took the stand one last time.
Verk asked Fabian to look him in the eye before giving an emotional witness statement.
Verk told Fabian “the face I never want you to forget is the face of my little sister during her last seconds.”
All that state attorney Geoff Barr told the media as he left the courtroom was “justice was served.”
Fabian’s attorney declined to comment.
We also tried to reach out to the Verk family for reaction to the trial, but they opted to not to say anything at this time.
Fabian's possible punishment for the murder indictment ranged from 5 years to life. Punishment for tampering with a corpse ranged from 2 years to 20.
Glen Verk, Zuzu's father, spoke to the jury ahead of the sentencing on Wednesday morning.
"I miss her every day, and think about her all the time," Glen said.
"The world has lost a very special person. I'm so proud of who she was."
You can find our full coverage of the Robert Fabian trial here.