BROOKLYN, Iowa –
Cristhian Bahena Rivera, the 24-year-old suspect in the case of Mollie Tibbetts, made his first appearance in court on Wednesday.
Rivera did not appeal at the hearing. His bond was priced at $ 5 million, cash only.
His preliminary hearing was scheduled for August 31. If he is eventually convicted of first-degree murder, the maximum sentence for Rivera would be a life sentence without the possibility of parole. There is no death penalty in Iowa.
If he is not a US citizen, Rivera would be turned over to the immigration authorities after the hearing. In addition to the first-degree murder charge, he is being held by a federal deportation officer.
The Tibbetts family reported on Wednesday, the day after the news, that a suspect had been arrested in their murder.
The statement reads:
"Our hearts are broken.
On behalf of Mollie's entire family, we thank all those from all over the world who have sent their thoughts and prayers for our girl many of you will join us as we continue to carry Mollie into our hearts forever.
At this time, our family asks that we have the time to process our devastating loss and privately share our grief.
Again Thank you for the flow of love and support shared in Mollie's name, we remain forever grateful. "
Authorities said Tuesday that Rivera, who lives illegally in the US, was charged with murder in the United States US accused the Iowa student who disappeared a month ago while jo
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Investigators say they have used surveillance video to To locate Rivera. The video showed Tibbetts, 20, in a rural area near her hometown Brooklyn and Rivera's car jogging.
The police announced the cargo at a press conference just hours after they had found what they believe to be the body of Tibbetts field covered with corn stalks.
Tibbetts was last seen on July 1
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Central Iowa Criminal Investigation was the publication of a reward fund that raised around $ 400,000 for every tip that led to Tibbetts safe return. Greg Willey, the organization's vice president of public relations, originally said the fund would help capture the suspect. It is not yet known what to do with the fund, which involved more than 220 donations from individuals and businesses.
Tibbetts, a major in psychology, started school in Brooklyn from Iowa City about 80 kilometers east this week. She stayed with her longtime friend and worked out of school during the summer.
The Associated Press and ABC News contributed to this report.
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