GULFPORT, Miss.--Ryan Abeyta got a life sentence for the killing of his mom, but not before testifying that he talked with Satan himself about killing her. He also told the court Wednesday that he shot up cocaine before committing the heinous act.
A Harrison County jury found him guilty of killing 56-year-old Pamela Santiago after just over a half hour deliberating. The killing happened in 2011.
Prosrcutors said Abeyta found his mom in her home office where she was working on online college courses. He beat and strangled her and dumped her body near a Biloxi neighborhood. The two had had an argument about her missing debit card.