Cold case ends in manslaughter conviction
The 20-year-old case of the slaying of Woodburn teenager Alfredo Lopez-Nabor was finally closed April 2 with the conviction and sentencing of Fernando Cortez, 38, who fled investigators in 1998.
Lopez-Nabor was 16 when he was shot and killed May 9, 1998, outside a Salem convenience store. Cortez, 19 at the time, became a subject of the investigation but avoided arrest and escaped to Mexico.
Salem police detective Jamie Vasas reopened the case in 2008 and found Cortez living under a false name in Oxnard, California. Vasas obtained a warrant for Cortez's arrest in 2014, and on Aug. 29, 2017 he arrested Cortez with the help of the FBI and Oxnard Police Department.
Cortez was soon extradited from Ventura County, California, to stand trial in Marion County Circuit Court.
He pleaded guilty April 2 and was convicted of felony manslaughter with a firearm. Cortez was sentenced to 11 years in state prison with the Oregon Department of Corrections.