Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
HUSBAND FOUND GUILTY OF CHRISTMAS EVE SHOOTING-MURDER OF WIFE’S EX-BOYFRIEND
SANTA ANA – A husband was convicted today of the Christmas Eve shooting-murder of his wife’s ex-boyfriend. Victor John Disalvo, 42, Garden Grove, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of murder and the sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death was found true. Disalvo faces a maximum of 50 years to life in state prison at his sentencing on April 30, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-30, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
In 2007, Victor Disalvo and his wife Rosie Disalvo divorced after being married for ten years. While divorced, Rosie Disalvo began dating victim Jorge Diaz. In August 2008, Victor Disalvo and his wife re-married.
At approximately 10:00 p.m. on Dec. 24, 2008, Victor Disalvo drove with his wife to Diaz’s Santa Ana apartment. The defendant, armed with a firearm, entered the victim’s residence. Once inside, Victor Disalvo shot the victim twice, once in the head and stomach, murdering Diaz. The defendant testified at trial that he went to confront Diaz about his relationship with Rosie Disalvo. Victor Disalvo also testified that during the confrontation, he shot Diaz when the victim lunged at him while holding an object that the defendant thought was a gun.
The defendant fled the scene and got into his car, where he had left his wife. Victor Disalvo drove to a nearby gas station and disposed of the firearm used to murder the victim. The firearm was not recovered. Diaz’s body was discovered by his family early Christmas morning. A neighbor called 9-1-1.
In early January 2009, Victor Disalvo was arrested by Santa Ana police after telling a friend that he was involved in the death of Diaz.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Larry Yellin of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.