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Bobbie Jo Cortez

Man charged in death of ex-girlfriend after nationwide search sentenced to life without parole

Timothy Virts, who was the target of a nationwide search last year after he killed his former girlfriend and fled to South Carolina with one of their daughters, was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Prosecutors said Virts stabbed Bobbie Jo Cortez, 36, with a butcher knife in the Dundalk home where she lived with their three children and a female friend, and then took one of their daughters. After a roughly 36-hour police search, a motel owner in South Carolina alerted police after seeing a photo of Virts and his 11-year-old daughter in a news article posted on Facebook.

The case received widespread attention and inspired the social media...