LOS ANGELES (AP) —
A Pennsylvania man will spend life in prison without any chance of parole for stabbing and dismembering a man in what authorities called a ritualistic killing at a Los Angeles hotel.
Forty-one-year-old Edward Garcia Jr. was sentenced Friday for first-degree murder with special allegations of robbery and torture.
Prosecutors said Garcia and his wife lured an acquaintance, 49-year-old Herbert White, to the downtown Continental Hotel in November 2010 and killed him while acting out a fantasy about carving up a human being.
White’s remains were found in a backpack and under a blood-stained mattress.
Garcia’s attorney acknowledged the killing but disputed that it was premeditated.
Garcia’s wife, Melissa Hope Garcia, is awaiting trial.