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A man was arrested, charged and convicted of murder after stabbing his sister-in-law because she gave him advice about marriage, prosecutors in California said.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that the 36-year-old man pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing his sister-in-law and her daughter in their Canoga Park home during a bloody rampage.
He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility
of parole. Mario Estrada Ochoa pleaded guilty to the first-degree murders of Martha Camacho, 21, and her 6-year-old daughter, Valerie.
He was immediately sentenced by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen to two consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole plus two years.
Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman with the Major Crimes Division prosecuted the case.
In a statement read by his attorneys, Ochoa admitted stabbing both Martha and Valerie Camacho after getting into an argument with Martha over his marriage.
The prosecutor said Ochoa grabbed a knife and stabbed Martha 33 times. He dragged the body into her bedroom and attempted to stage the crime as a sexual assault.
When Valerie saw him covered in blood, she asked him what he had done, and he attacked her. She was stabbed 14 times and nearly decapitated.
He dumped her body behind a couch. When he was arrested, Ochoa claimed his uncle, Manuel Carmona, was involved. Carmona was arrested and charged.
Further investigation and DNA found there was no evidence connecting him to the murders. He was released and the charges were dismissed.