David Hidalgo, 23, pleaded guilty to murder after stabbing Trese, a 23-year-old TCU senior, on February 4, 2014.
Trese was found dead last year in the GrandMarc apartments with a wound to the neck caused by a knife, according to the search warrant affidavit from the case.
The search warrant said that Hidalgo was turned in by his mother. A bloody knife and clothing were later found in Hidalgo’s home.
Hidalgo originally tried to blame the murder on a mental illness and self-defense, but didn’t include those statements during his appearance in court, according to Bill Vassar, a prosecutor for the Tarrant County district attorney’s office.
“Robert Hidalgo is a cold-blooded killer,” Vassar said.
Hidalgo is sentenced to 35 years in a penitentiary and is eligible for parole in 17.5 years, according to Vassar.
Vassar said that aggravated crimes such as the one involving Hidalgo were technically eligible for parole halfway through the sentence. He added that he believed Hidalgo would serve most of his sentence.
Trese was a member of Beta Upsilon Chi at TCU and was set to graduate in May of 2014.
Family and friends of Trese remembered him as a funny, honest and brilliant person. They held a memorial in his honor after his death.