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Woman Sentenced to 30 Years for Helping Cover Up Murder of Fort Hood Soldier Vanessa Guillén

HeadlineAug 16, 2023

In Texas, a woman who helped cover up the 2020 killing of 20-year-old Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillén has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Cecily Aguilar pleaded guilty to helping her boyfriend, soldier Aaron Robinson, dismember and dispose of Guillén’s body. Aguilar was the only person charged in Guillén’s murder; Robinson killed himself shortly after being questioned by police. Robinson was accused of bludgeoning Guillén to death in April 2020. She had spoken out about being sexually harassed at the military base, which was renamed Fort Cavazos earlier this year.

Guillén’s murder brought global attention to the epidemic of sexual violence in the U.S. military and inspired some federal policy changes in the handling of sexual harassment and assault allegations in the military.

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