Life sentence for Brownsville museum director's death

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The suspect in the death of Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts Director Barry Horn has been sentenced to life in prison.

Ernesto Ivan Martinez appeared before Judge Elisa Cornejo-Lopez with the 404th State District Court on Monday morning.

Jury selection for Martinez's capital murder was scheduled to start but Martinez pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of murder.

Judge Conejo-Lopez accepted Martinez's plea and sentenced him to life in prison.

The 21-year-old Brownsville man will be eligible for parole in 30 years.

Martinez is accused in Horn's murder back in October 2009.

Investigators told Action 4 News that Martinez had previously been living with 59-year-old Horn but had a falling out.

Martinez allegedly broke into Horn's home and killed him.

Autopsy results revealed Horn was stabbed at least 77 times.

Police reported that Martinez, who was 19 years old at the time of the crime, killed Horn, stole his car and fled south of the border to Matamoros.