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Orange County man sentenced for fatally stabbing estranged wife

April 29, 2011 | 11:54 am

81188fa3-b310-306b-e8d050b385be8b60 A man convicted of fatally stabbing his estranged wife in a Huntington Beach motel room was sentenced Friday to 16 years to life in prison.

An Orange County jury had earlier found Fidelio Marin, 40, of Huntington Beach, guilty of second-degree murder in the October 2008 slaying of Felix Mendez, 32, whose blood-soaked body was found by the couple’s 17-year-old daughter.

Marin had called Mendez and asked her to meet him at the Starlight Motel, where he had been living since his wife told him she wanted a divorce, authorities said.

Mendez arrived with their daughter, who then drove away. That is when prosecutors say Marin killed Mendez by repeatedly stabbing her in the neck. When their daughter couldn’t reach Mendez by phone, she returned to the motel. Finding the door locked, she climbed into the room through a window and found her mother’s body in the bathroom.

Marin was arrested later in the day on an Orange County bus, authorities said.

During his trial, prosecutors said in a statement that Marin attacked his wife “because she had emasculated him and told him that he wasn’t a man.”

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-- Mike Anton

Photo: Fidelio Marin booking photo. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office

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