Nicaragua court convicts ex-student in New York killing

This undated photo provided by Anderson's family shows Haley Anderson.  A man accused of killing Anderson, a nursing student in upstate New York is be...
FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2019 file photo, Orlando Tercero appears in court during his trial in Managua, Nicaragua. Moreno is accused of killing 22-year...
FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2019 file photo, lawyer Eduardo Rubi, left, appears in court with his client Nicaraguan Orlando Tercero in Managua, Nicaragua....
FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2019 file photo, lawyer Eduardo Rubi, center left, sitting in light blue shirt, appears in court with his client Orlando Terce...
FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2019 file photo, lawyer Eduardo Rubi, center, sitting, appears in court with his client Orlando Tercero  in Managua, Nicaragua...

This undated photo provided by Anderson's family shows Haley Anderson. A man accused of killing Anderson, a nursing student in upstate New York is be...

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2019 file photo, Orlando Tercero appears in court during his trial in Managua, Nicaragua. Moreno is accused of killing 22-year...

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2019 file photo, lawyer Eduardo Rubi, left, appears in court with his client Nicaraguan Orlando Tercero in Managua, Nicaragua....

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2019 file photo, lawyer Eduardo Rubi, center left, sitting in light blue shirt, appears in court with his client Orlando Terce...

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2019 file photo, lawyer Eduardo Rubi, center, sitting, appears in court with his client Orlando Tercero in Managua, Nicaragua...

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A Nicaraguan court on Friday convicted a dual U.S.-Nicaraguan citizen of killing a nursing student in New York state after an unusual trial that saw many witnesses testifying by long distance video conference.

A prosecution official said that Judge María Fabiola Betancourt said sentencing for Orlando Tercero would be held within days. Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell confirmed the conviction in a tweet. The maximum sentence in Nicaragua is 30 years.

The 23-year-old former Binghamton University student was found guilty of killing 22-year-old Haley Anderson on March 8, 2018. Witnesses said the two had a romantic relationship but Tercero wanted a more serious relationship, according to trial testimony. The woman, originally from Westbury on Long Island, was found strangled in his bed.

Tercero fled to Nicaragua the day after the killing.

The trial was held in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua because the Central American nation's laws forbid extradition of its citizens.

The Broome County District Attorney's office in New York facilitated testimony by witnesses who spoke with the help of a translator via a video link from a room in the district attorney's office in downtown Binghamton.

One of the witnesses, a police investigator, testified via the video link that Tercero left a note at his residence saying he was sorry.