Fullerton man gets life in prison for killing woman after finding her in bed with his adult son
A Fullerton man was sentenced Friday to 110 years to life in state prison for murdering his neighbor after finding her in bed with his adult son, the Orange County district attorney’s office said.
A jury found Guillermo Rodriguez, 43, guilty Oct. 18 of one felony count each of murder, criminal threats and dissuading a witness from testifying. Rodriguez had four previous convictions, including two for robbery and two for assault with a deadly weapon.
On the night of Oct. 16, 2006, Rodriguez had a dinner party at his Fullerton apartment. Among the guests were neighbor Donna Dutton, 43, and her 12-year-old daughter. About 1 a.m., Rodriguez left with his girlfriend to buy more alcohol. When they returned, he walked into the bedroom of his son Junior Rodriguez, then 18, and found the young man in bed with Dutton.
After telling his girlfriend and son to leave the room and close the door, Guillermo Rodriguez strangled Dutton, wrapped her in a blanket and left her body in the bathroom. The next evening, Guillermo and Junior Rodriguez loaded the body into a car. Guillermo Rodriguez drove to Victorville and dumped the body in a remote area. Ten days later, hunters found the body and notified police.
Both men were arrested in May 2007. In January 2008, Junior Rodriguez pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact and was sentenced to one year in jail and three years' probation.
-- Martha Groves