For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
DEFENDANT SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR MURDERING MAN AFTER ARGUMENT
SANTA ANA – A defendant was sentenced today to 15 years to life in state prison for murdering a man after an argument. Edgar Salvador Luciozamudio, 24, Buena Park, was found guilty by a jury, March 6, 2014, of one felony count of second degree murder.
Prior to Dec. 14, 2011, Luciozamudio was friendly with 47-year-old Ricardo Rios for approximately four to five months. On Dec. 14, 2011, the defendant was with Rios in a detached garage, where the victim lived.
At approximately 3:30 a.m., Luciozamudio was thrown out of Rios’ garage following a verbal argument. Luciozamudio exchanged angry words with Rios as he was on the driveway by his sedan.
The victim threw a small metal weight that struck Luciozamudio’s car. The defendant then chased Rios back to his converted garage and attacked him by punching him repeatedly, breaking the victim’s jaw, nose, orbital bone, and several ribs.
Luciozamudio fled the scene and called 911 shortly thereafter to report that Rios may need medical assistance. The victim died as a result of his injuries.
The Buena Park Police Department investigated this case. Senior Deputy District Attorney Steve McGreevy of the Homicide Unit prosecuted this case.