LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A man who killed and dismembered his live-in boyfriend, whose head and body parts were found in Griffith Park, was convicted of first-degree murder Thursday.

Gabriel Campos-Martinez, 40, faces 25 years to life in prison for the 2012 killing of 66-year-old Herve Medellin, whose head was found in the park in January 2012.

Medellin’s head was found inside a plastic grocery bag by hikers near the Hollywood sign on Jan. 17, 2012.

Campos-Martinez filed a missing person report for Medellin the day before the remains were found. The victim was described as his “domestic partner” in the search warrant affidavit. Police say the pair had been living together for about six months prior to the alleged murder.

Medellin, who prosecutors believe was killed on or about Dec. 27, 2011, died from asphyxiation.

Campos-Martinez faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted, according to officials. He is due back in court April 16.

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