Drifter Gets Life in Fatal Stabbing

Man stabbed woman during robbery to get gambling money

A drifter has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally stabbing a South Florida woman during a burglary.

A Miami-Dade judge sentenced 35-year-old Reynerio Alonso Rivero on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to murder.

Alonso Rivero admitted to authorities that he broke into the home of Percy and Elizabeth Palomino on April 17. He was looking for money so he could play poker at Miami's Magic City casino.

He had worked at the couple's banquet hall many times over the years.

Alonso Rivero told police that he attacked Elizabeth Palomino when she returned home unexpectedly. He stabbed her in the neck several times and then twice in the back.

Percy Palomino found the body later that night, when he returned from the banquet hall.

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