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Cape man receives three life sentences in murder case

By Staff | Sep 13, 2021

The State Attorney’s Office reported today that Cristian Edwin Dilan, 23, of Cape Coral, was sentenced to three life sentences in the case involving the murder of a woman in Bonita Springs. He was sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder, as well as robbery and burglary.

He was sentenced to 5 years in prison for tampering with physical evidence and also for grand theft of a motor vehicle. The sentences are to be served concurrently.

Dilan was found guilty as charged in July following a trial in Lee County.

According to the State Attorney’s Office, the crimes happened on Oct. 29, 2017. A woman was found dead inside a home that was on fire. The 34-year-old was found by firefighters, under a mattress, with numerous stab wounds. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded and began an investigation that led to the arrest of Dilan and a co-defendant, who is awaiting trial.

Assistant State Attorney Brenda Wade and Assistant State Attorney Leena Marcos prosecuted the case.