A judge Tuesday sentenced a transient for the murder of a woman in a Port Hueneme motel almost a year ago.
38-year-old Peter Dirksen was sentenced to 23-years-to-life in prison for the beating death of 61-year-old Barbara Brattin of Oxnard.
Prosecutors say after killing Brattin, Dirksen fled to Northern California where he was tracked down and arrested.
He ultimately pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
They say Brattin and Dirksen knew each other but a motive for the killing was never established.
The say Dirksen has never shown remorse for what he did.