The MS-13 gang member, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl in 2001, and whose body was found in Los Angeles’ Elysian Park (see picture).
The MS-13 gang member, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl in 2001.
In March, a jury convicted the 41-year-old Jorge Palacios, of first-degree murder, and kidnapping to commit rape, and, in the case of This Piazza, of Whittier, California, usa. On Friday, Palacios, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus an additional 25 years, KTLA reports.
The conviction comes almost 18 years to the day after the naked body of a 13-year-old Piazza was found in a remote area of Elysian Park, located just to the rear of the Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, california. She had been raped and shot twice in the head.
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Members of the jury found Palacios guilty of special circumstance allegations, finding that the crime was committed “in the commission of rape, lewd acts on a child and kidnapping,” according to a news release from the Los Angeles District Attorney.
Piazza’s murder was unsolved for almost two decades, the town of the robbery and homicide division, along with the gang and narcotics division, and to discover new facts, in 2012, pointing to the Palacios, and the other three men.
A different jury has been considering charges Rogelio Contreras, 42, Melvin Sandoval, 40, and in Santos-Compare, 36. Grimaldi also faces a charge in connection with allegations that he was using a gun during the crime. The men are set to appear at the Los Angeles County Superior Court, on the 23rd of August.
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The authorities believed that the four men were kidnapped in the back of the night before her body was discovered, drove her to a secluded area of the park, sexually assaulting and killing her.
In a previous trial, Contreras, Sandoval, and Compare with last year, which resulted in a hung jury.