David Meza, left, was convicted for the murder of his friend Jake Merendino, right.
A 27-year-old Californian ex-porn star was sentenced Monday to life behind bars for the brutal murder of his rich older boyfriend in 2015 in order to get his multi-million dollar inheritance.
In May, David Meza was convicted of domestic violence resulting in murder and conspiracy to obstruct justice in the horrific murder of a Texan Jake Merendino, 51, had been stabbed 24 times and had his throat slit before his body was dumped in a ravine near Rosarito, Mexico, according to the authorities.
Meza was ordered to an additional 20 years in prison for the conspiracy to obstruct charge in addition to his life sentence. He has maintained his innocence and his defence lawyers argued there was no physical evidence linking him to the crime.
In a press release after the Meza conviction, federal authorities described what he did to Merendino as a “near-decapitation,” reports People.com
“The Merriam dictionary defines ‘horrific’ as hatefully or shockingly evil, abominable,” U. S. District Judge Jeffrey T. Miller said during the hearing on Monday, reports People.com. “This murder was shockingly evil—everywhere.”
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The authorities have said that the former escort and porn star killed his rich lover, so that he could inherit Merendino $3 million estate and a $273,000 oceanfront condo. At the time of the murder, the officials claim that Meza lived a double life, that not-long—lasting-he had a pregnant girlfriend named Taylor Langston while he was dating Merendino.
Langston pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice in San Diego federal court in February.
“Jake was a target,” Merendino friend Chuck Heart told People.com. “This was a cold-blooded murder for profit by a snake in the grass, that deserves to rot.”
Merendino grew up in Beaumont, Texas, and inherited his fortune from his parents, who both worked for ExxonMobil.
The two men connected at Merendino hired Meza as an escort through an online ad during a vacation in San Diego in June 2013.
“He bought him sports cars and motorcycles,” friend Donna Armani Pineda told People.com. “David didn’t want for nothing.”
In the months before the murder, Merendino created Meza the beneficiary of his apartment and wrote a hotel letterhead in December 2014, making him his fortune.