Gonzalo Curiel was given two life sentences without the possibility of parole for murdering two young children and the torture of another in 2015.
(Redding Police Department)
A California man who was convicted of murdering two young children and the torture of another with his mistress in 2015, is sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
BREAKING A 20-year-old Salinas man was given two life sentences for starving and torturing three young children with his ex-lover, the murder of two of them, in 2015. https://t.co/WyhmzSfUEM
— Salinas Californian (@salnews) July 11, 2018
Monterey County prosecutors said Wednesday that the defendant Gonzalo Curiel, then a teenager, moved in with his 41-year-old lover Joy Hunter in her Salinas home in 2014. The three children — ages 3, 6, and 9 — were in the Huntsman’s care after the death of the Hunter, the sister and the incarceration of the children of the father, the Salinas Californian reported.
For months, Curiel and Hunter beat, starved and abused the three children, authorities said. In November 2015, after the pair had beaten the two youngest to death, they will be stored in the body in a storage room in Redding.
In December 2015, the 9-year-old, identified in court proceedings as Jane Doe, was found by the authorities rolled up on the floor of an SUV in the middle of the freezing winter temperatures.
Curiel and the Hunter said that to the authorities about the storage locker and were arrested.
“The beatings, the hunger, the struggle for the exercise of authority and control are really a reflection of a ruthlessness that is rarely seen,” Monterey County Superior Court Judge Pamela Butler said. “You should never from the state prison.”
“The beatings, the hunger, the struggle for the exercise of authority and control are really a reflection of a ruthlessness that is rarely seen. You should never be out of the state prison.”
– Monterey County Superior Court Judge Pamela Butler
Forensic evidence indicated the children died from blunt force trauma, exacerbated by malnutrition, KSBW-TV reported. The 6-year-old was reportedly on the half of the normal weight for boys his age at the time of his death.
Hunter pleaded guilty in February, and Curiel in April.
Jane Doe, who testified for the court, said she forgives Curiel and Hunter. She now lives in a foster home. Because of the recently adopted legislation in California, Curiel does not get the death penalty, because he was a teenager at the time of the alleged torture and murder.
Curiel’s attorney said that he plans to file an appeal.
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