Alessandro Serenelli was sentenced to 30 years in prison. He once saw María Goretti in a dream. He then decided to write a letter apologizing for his actions. He also asked for forgiveness from God and Maria's family.
After his release from prison he converted to Catholicism, he worked as a gardener in a monastery and joined the Franciscan Third Order.
María Goretti was canonized by Pope Pius XII on June 24, 1950.
She had a short life, it was one of a normal girl with a great faith and love for others. She became an extraordinary girl who accepted martyrdom in order to preserve herself.