Why was Kristel Maestas sentenced to life behind bars?

Maestas was kicked out by her parents in early 1999 and responded to a room for rent ad posted by Air Force veteran Cordell Richards, then 31. Within weeks of moving in, she alleged to her boyfriend at the time, a 17-year-old Ronald Bell, that Richards was making sexual advances toward her and her friend, Renee Lincks, then 15. 

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