Indiana teen who stabbed pregnant girlfriend to death as it was 'too late for abortion' sentenced to 65 years
The 17-year-old was sentenced on January 7 to 55 years for the 2018 murder of Breana Rouhselang, and an additional 10 years for the death of their unborn child
MISHAWAKA, INDIANA: Aaron Trejo has been sentenced to 65 years in prison after he admitted to stabbing his pregnant girlfriend to death because she was too far along to have an abortion.
The 17-year-old was sentenced on January 7 to 55 years for the December 2018 murder of Breana Rouhselang, also 17, and an additional 10 years for the death of their unborn child, People reports.
In court, Rouhselang’s family explained the devastating impact their daughter's death has had on them. Mother Melissa Wallace read a statement in the courtroom, saying, "life goes on, but for me, it’s put on hold until I see her in heaven."
Meanwhile, Rouhselang’s father expressed his anguish claiming Trejo “[had] no remorse or regret for what he’s done,” according to the South Bend Tribune.
However, Trejo's family illuminated a different side of the teenage killer in court as the Rouhselangs mourned their daughter's tragic demise.
“Aaron is the most loving, most caring, most persistent, most consistent person I know,” Trejo’s brother Adam said in the courtroom. That said, Trejo himself apologized to Rouhselang's family as well.
“There is no excuse for what I’ve done. Saying I’m sorry wouldn’t be enough, but it’s all I can give," he said.
Trejo accepted a plea deal from prosecutors before pleading guilty to murder and feticide in October 2019, court records confirm.
During interrogation, Trejo told investigators he had had an argument with Rouselang about her pregnancy and was upset she couldn't have an abortion.
Trejo was a high school football player and was 16 at the time of the murder. “I took action … I took her life," he told a detective of the heinous crime. On the other hand, Rouhseland was six months pregnant at the time of her untimely death. Her remains were subsequently recovered from a restaurant dumpster.
Trejo admitted to stabbing Rouselang to death under questioning by his own attorney, recalling how her body fell following the assault.
It later came to light that both Trejo and Rouhselang were classmates at the Mishawaka High School.