MAN LINKED THROUGH DNA SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR COLD CASE HALLOWEEN STABBING-MURDER OF SISTER-IN-LAW’S BOYFRIEND


Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
Case # 10NF1087






March 9, 2012

Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
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MAN LINKED THROUGH DNA SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR COLD CASE HALLOWEEN STABBING-MURDER OF

SISTER-IN-LAW’S BOYFRIEND

 

SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced today to 25 years to life in state prison for the cold case stabbing-murder of his sister-in-law’s boyfriend on Halloween night after being linked to the crime through DNA. Hector Delio Aguilar Jaramillo, 42, Lake Elsinore, was found guilty by a jury Feb. 22, 2012, of one felony count of murder.

 

On the night of Oct. 31, 2006, Jaramillo entered the home and bedroom of 35-year-old Roberto Martinez-Escamilla, who was the long-time boyfriend of Jaramillo’s wife’s sister. The victim lived in the master bedroom of an Anaheim home and several other non-familial people rented rooms in the house.

 

Jaramillo murdered the victim as he screamed for help and struggled to get away. The defendant stabbed Martinez-Escamilla multiple times and cut the victim’s throat, almost decapitating him. The defendant then broke a bathroom window and fled through the window.

 

Other tenants in the home heard the victim screaming for help and called 911. The Anaheim Police Department responded to the scene, collected evidence, and investigated this case. The case went cold.

 

Sometime after the murder, the defendant was arrested in Riverside County for assault and his DNA was subsequently submitted to the state database.  In March 2010, Jaramillo was linked to the murder of Martinez-Escamilla through DNA found on a glove at the scene.

 

Senior Deputy District Attorney Howard Gundy of the Homicide Unit prosecuted this case.

 

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