A federal court in Mexico has sentenced a man to 42 1 /2 years in prison for two murders in Chandler in 1982, the state Attorney General’s Office announced Tuesday.
Antonio Perez Panduro, now 54, fled to his homeland days after killing Tammy Manuel, 15, and Evelyn Jackson, 27.
But he was arrested in Colima after Arizona authorities presented Mexican authorities with a request to prosecute him in 2001, the office said.
Mexican law does not allow Mexican citizens to be extradited to face death or a life sentence, but Mexican nationals can be prosecuted in Mexico for crimes committed in other countries.
‘‘Justice must be served whether it is here or in Mexico,’’ Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard said in a statement. ‘‘This is another example of Arizona and Mexican officials working together.’’
Arizona authorities were notified Monday that Panduro was convicted and sentenced in April, said Norma Martens, an assistant attorney general who helped prosecute the case.
‘‘We’re dealing with a foreign government,’’ Martens said regarding the delay in notification. ‘‘It takes a while for us to get the information.’’
The victims’ bodies were discovered in a bloodspattered car in a Chandler field on Oct. 26, 1982.
‘‘He met them at a bar, drove off with them in his vehicle and they were found dead,’’ Martens said.