A Queen Creek man convicted of concealing his girlfriend’s body in his car trunk was sentenced to 2 1 /2 years in prison Thursday and remains under investigation.
Michael Alcozer, 20, kept 19-year-old Dolores LeGault’s body hidden four days, causing her to decompose and leaving the Maricopa County medical examiner unable to determine how she died.
That has made the investigation more difficult, but detectives are actively working on the case, Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Andy Hill said. “He is definitely a subject of interest,” Hill said.
LeGault’s father, Mark LeGault, an emergency room monitor technician, said Thursday’s sentencing was a “step in the right direction.”
“Now we have to get him charged with killing my daughter,” Mark LeGault, 46, said.
His daughter, who has a 1-year-old son with Alcozer, was last seen Jan. 26, the day she kicked Alcozer out of the LeGaults’ home after discovering he stole prescriptions drugs from them.
Family members received text messages from her phone saying she had gone to Mexico for a few days, but they found them suspicious because Dolores LeGault’s habit was to call, not text, and it was unlike her to leave her baby behind.
Pinal County deputies found Dolores LeGault’s car at a Phoenix apartment complex in the 4500 block of East Baseline Road.
Alcozer handed over the keys without hesitation and when police found her body wrapped in blankets in the trunk, Alcozer bolted, according to court documents.
Mischa Hepner, an attorney with the Crime Victims Legal Assistance Project at the Arizona State University College of Law, said Alcozer was convicted under a law “abandonment or concealment of a dead body” that took effect just in January.
Judge Richard Trujillo of Maricopa County Superior Court gave Alcozer the maximum sentence.
“He made it clear he would have given him more if he could,” Hepner said.