04/10/2013 02:00 EDT | Updated 04/13/2013 11:35 EDT

Ninderjit Singh Sentenced To Life For Poonam Randhawa Killing

U.S. Immigration

VANCOUVER - The man who executed his ex-girlfriend and then dumped her body in a Vancouver alley has been sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole for 16 years.

Ninderjit Singh pleaded guilty last month to the 1999 murder of 18-year-old Poonam Randhawa.

Singh escaped justice for almost 12 years before he was eventually tracked down in California.

At his sentencing hearing last month, the court heard that in the moments before she was murdered, Randhawa told Singh that she wasn't scared and that he should go ahead and shoot.

The court heard Singh killed the teen because he believed she was cheating on him and that he asked Randhawa for the truth or he would kill her.

Singh's lawyer asked for the lowest possible sentence of 10 years before parole, while the Crown had asked for at least 17 years.

CORRECTION: The previous headline misidentified the victim Poonam Randhawa as the one who was sentenced to life. Ninderjit Singh was, in fact, sentenced to life without parole for 16 years.