|For Immediate Release
April 7, 2009
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
JEALOUS ESTRANGED HUSBAND CONVICTED OF SHOOTING AND MURDERING WIFE AND ATTEMPTING TO MURDER MAN BELIEVED TO BE HER NEW BEAU
SANTA ANA – An estranged husband was convicted today of murdering his wife and attempting to murder the man whom he believed was her new boyfriend. Miguel Cervantes, 46, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count each of murder, attempted murder, assault with a semi-automatic firearm, and sentencing enhancements for the personal use and discharge of a firearm and the personal discharge of a firearm causing death. He faces a maximum sentence of 100 years to life in state prison at his sentencing on June 19, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-35, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 27, 2005, Cervantes went to the Anaheim apartment of 37-year-old Teresa Cervantes, who was his estranged wife and mother of his two children. The defendant entered the apartment and became involved in a verbal argument with the victim before shooting her five times in the back and back of the head. Cervantes fled the scene, leaving Teresa Cervantes in her living room. The victim’s roommate, who had been in another room of the apartment during the murder, heard the gunshots and found Teresa Cervantes bloody and face down on the couch. The victim died shortly thereafter at the hospital.
After shooting and murdering his estranged wife, Cervantes drove to Riverside to locate John Doe, a man he believed to be in a relationship with Teresa Cervantes. The defendant found John Doe driving in another vehicle with his 10-year-old son and began to chase the victim in his car. Cervantes attempted to murder John Doe by shooting into the victim’s car. The defendant’s shots missed John Doe and his son, and Cervantes fled the scene.
Cervantes fled to Phoenix, AZ. He was caught the following day by the Unites States Marshals Service while trying to hide in his car.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Howard Gundy of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.