SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — A 52-year-old Buena Park mom was convicted Thursday on one felony count of murder and one felony count of second-degree robbery.
Leticia Carrasco faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life when she is sentenced in April. Carrasco lured a man she met at a nightclub back to a motel room with the promise of sex.
Her son, 26-year-old Noel Carrasco, was allegedly hiding in the hotel room as an accomplice in the robbery scheme. He is charged with one felony count of murder — with special circumstances — and one felony count of second-degree robbery. Carrasco’s son faces a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. He is scheduled to go on trial in March.
Prosecutors said on Dec. 22, 2008, Leticia Carrasco met Matias Ojeda Vazquez at a bar in Stanton and asked him to go to her motel room.
After the victim arrived, Noel Carrasco is accused of demanding Vazquez turn over his money. When the victim refused, the defendants fatally attacked him, say prosecutors.
The victim suffered five stab wounds, asphyxiation, and blunt force trauma to the head. After cleaning the room and wrapping the victim up, the Carrascos are accused of stuffing Vazquez’s body into the trunk of his car. They allegedly drove to Las Vegas where they dumped his body off I-15 in the middle of the desert.
Officials believe Noel Carrasco used the victim’s cell phone to send text messages to his girlfriend.
A San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department helicopter found the victim’s remains several days after the Carrascos were taken into custody.