Skip to comments.Man Gets 25 Years to Life in 'Satanic' Murder of mOther
Posted on 07/17/2013 10:17:34 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Prosecutors say the murder of Amelia Espinoza was part of a satanic ritual. The judge calls it one of 'the most disgusting' cases of his career.
Moises Meraz-Espinoza walked into the Huntington Park Police Department two years ago to report a crime: He had killed his mother.
Officers went to the Maywood apartment that the then-18-year-old factory worker shared with his mother, Amelia Espinoza, 42, and found a gruesome scene. A trail of blood led to the bathroom, where plastic covered the walls and floor. There, they found an electrical circular saw with pieces of bone, blood and flesh stuck to the blade. Nearby, in a freezer, police found skin and muscles stored in plastic bags. The woman's skull, with all her teeth plucked out, her eyes removed and two upside-down crosses carved into the bone, was stashed in a backpack.
Prosecutors say that Meraz-Espinoza strangled his mother and then skinned, filleted and dismembered her body as part of a satanic ritual. A Norwalk jury convicted him of first-degree murder in June.
On Wednesday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Thomas I. McKnew Jr. sentenced Meraz-Espinoza to 25 years to life in prison, saying that the slaying "certainly ranks up there at the top" of "the most disgusting, hideous and vulgar" cases he has seen during his 50 years in the legal profession.
"I don't know what I can say to turn your life around, but you'll have a lot of time to think about it," McKnew said.
With the side of his head shaved and nearly foot-long braids extending from his scalp, Meraz-Espinoza, 21, turned periodically to look at his father and relatives in the courtroom.
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Sounds like this Satanist was a frequent viewer of 'Dexter'.
The devil we say. Literally. Yes I do believe it’s the devil in cases like this. But it also takes one to say yes to the devil; the devil can’t do it on his lonesome.
Losen up the pigtails and you can go home sez liberal judge, there he fixed it!
Psychopaths are born, not made. Or so I’ve read.
How horrible to be the parent of such a monster. May God have mercy on his mother.
Did that Charles Manson fellow ever turn his life around?
Careful, there's a mantra for that.
I’m not sure 25 years is gonna do it.