Arlington man gets life for killing woman he stalked

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FORT WORTH -- An Arlington man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting a woman who rejected his advances while he stalked her for months.

Roshan Sah, 25, will have to serve 30 years before he becomes eligible for parole, according to a news release from the Tarrant County district attorney's office.

Sah pleaded guilty to the murder of Linda Villanueva-Rodriguez, 22, in January.

Sah elected to have his sentence assessed by state District Judge Sharen Wilson, who sentenced him last week after completion of a pre-sentencing evaluation, the release said. Prosecutors Steve Gebhardt and Andrea Townsend told the court that Sah, a Nepalese citizen attending college in North Texas, met Villanueva-Rodriguez while attending church in late 2010.

Although Villanueva-Rodriguez rebuffed his advances, Sah followed her to work and to church and was suspected of slashing the tires on her car. According to court records, Sah left a single rose and a note for Villanueva-Rodriguez while she was at work that said: "For Linda! The more you hate me the more I will love you. U can't stop me from loving you!"

On Nov. 15, 2011, Sah was issued a criminal trespass warning from Villanueva-Rodriguez's job.

Sah also made numerous phone calls and texts of a harassing nature to Villanueva-Rodriguez, court records showed. After learning that Villanueva-Rodriguez had a boyfriend, Sah purchased a gun and waited for her to return to her apartment in the 2200 block of Henderson Drive in Arlington.

When Villanueva-Rodriguez arrived home on the night of Feb. 16, 2012, Sah shot her once in the head.

Sah was arrested at an Irving apartment complex the next day and he confessed to the fatal shooting, the release said.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752

Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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