Justin Hansen, the man at the center of the case, is scheduled for sentencing in state District Court. He faces up to 18 years in prison after pleading no contest in an attack that nearly killed Brittani Marcell.
“This is a girl who was simply at school one day and went home to meet her mom for lunch. She wasn’t in the wrong place at the wrong time, necessarily,” Albuquerque homicide detective Jodi Gonterman said. “This could have happened to anyone.”
An arrest finally came nearly a decade later, thanks to resurfacing memories, a discarded McDonald’s cup and creative thinking by a detective and prosecutor.