Andrea DelVesco, 21, a Texas native, was stabbed 19 times in her apartment in 2015, the authorities say.
A California man was Friday sentenced to life in prison, without parole, three years to the day that he fatal a UCLA students, and then set her apartment ablaze.
Alberto Hinojosa Medina, 25, was convicted in May 2015 cross the death of Andrea DelVesco, 21, a Texas native, along with arson, burglary and assault of an animal, the Los Angeles Times reported.
About a dozen friends of the victims read statements to the court about how the brutal murder — in which DelVesco was stabbed 19 times — has affected their lives, the newspaper.
Alberto Medina, 25, was found guilty of murder, arson, burglary and animal cruelty in connection with the death of Andrea DelVesco. He was on Friday sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. https://t.co/itQuCXq1Ky
— The Los Angeles Times (@latimes) – September 21, 2018
“This is the date that he made the choice to have my beautiful, amazing daughter’s life,” DelVesco the mother, Leslie said, according to NBC Southern California. “Maybe his life as he has known, even today.”
“I woke up early with the sound of helicopters,” friend Elizabeth Matusov said, pointing to the day of the dead, according to the L. A. Times. “At that moment, the world I knew melted away.”
Medina, a Fresno resident, had broken into another apartment before breaking in DelVesco’s apartment is in the neighborhood and killing her. The animal cruelty charges stemmed from her dog being burned in the fire, and eventually having to be killed.
“He brutally murdered a beautiful, innocent person. He is seriously hurt an entire community. He should never walk free again.”
– Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Windham
At his sentencing, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Windham said Medina was to dangerous to ever be released, KTLA-TV of Los Angeles reported.
Man Sentenced to life in Prison for the Fatal Stabbing of UCLA Students in 2015 Apartment Break-In https://t.co/hNDBoIjbLw pic.twitter.com/FphTTQBlvK
— KTLA (@KTLA) September 22, 2018
“He brutally murdered a beautiful, innocent person,” he said. “He seriously injured a whole community. He should never walk free again.”
Medina’s accomplice, Eric Marquez, also 25 and a UCLA student, was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison on charges of burglary and accessory after the fact.
The case resulted in the firing of Los Angeles police officers after it was learned they responded to a report of a woman screaming at DelVesco the apartment complex less than an hour before it went up in flames.
She looked around six minutes, and left without knocking on apartment doors.