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Vanessa Guillén & Family Finally Get Justice for Her Murder — Here’s the Latest

Justice has been served in the eyes of Mayra Guillén, the older sister of Army Spc. Vanessa Guillén, who was killed in 2020 at Fort Cavazos, Texas, formerly known as Fort Hood.

On Monday (August 14), Cecily Aguilar, the woman charged with helping dispose of Guillén’s body, was sentenced to the maximum of 30 years in federal prison.

“You received Justice today,” wrote Mayra Guillén on social media. “Rest easy sister. Today was such a hard day, I learned so many details regarding your death after the fact of it’s been 3 YEARS. My heart hurts. Cecily Ann Aguilar has received the Maximum sentence of 30 years.”

Last year, Aguilar plead guilty to accessory to murder and three counts of making a false statement. She helped her then-boyfriend, Spc. Aaron Robinson, who killed and dismembered Guillén.

Two months after Guillén’s disappearance, remains of her body were discovered along the Leon River. After hearing that Guillén’s remains were found, Robinson escaped from a guard on the base and later killed himself when police attempted to take him back into custody.

“There’s relief today, as Cecily will finally be held accountable for her actions,” Mayra Guillén said during a news. “I’m happy to say that we can, in a sense, close this chapter and keep moving forward.”

In a statement, U.S. Attorney Jaime Esparza for the Western District of Texas added: “Our hope is that today’s sentence brings a sense of relief and justice to the Guillen family, who have endured such pain throughout these past few years. Ms. Aguilar’s actions were indefensible, and she will now face the maximum penalty for the choices she made.”

Rest in power, Vanessa Guillén.