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Orange County man sentenced for fatally stabbing estranged wife

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

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What a moran, so what “because she had emasculated him and told him that he wasn’t a man.” , what KILLING her made him a man??? yeah spending the rest of his life in prison....

Sometimes it seems that there is just no way out for a woman involved with a dangerous man. I feel sorry for this poor woman and for her daughter who now has no parents.

Just some questions that are not answered by the article.
Are any of the people in the story illegal immigrants? Legal residents?

Why would someone go and meet their ex at a hotel, instead of a public place?

Why would the daughter crawl through a window instead of getting the hotel management to simply open up the door?

What possessed this woman to marry this man and then want to divorce him later? 17 years later? She asked for the divorce but you don't say WHY. That would be interesting to know. maybe he'd been beating her up> maybe he didn't have a good enough job? maybe he was a psycho loser? Maybe she had a better offer lately?

to KAS--there are many ways out for a woman--1. don't get involved with pyscho creeps to begin with.
Don't go to private hotel rooms alone.
Do some research before procreating with any guy--if a child results you'll be dealing with him for the rest of your life. Or his. Whichever comes first.

If women had a little more self-respect and higher standards, this sort of thing wouldn't happen because the marriage and child wouldn't have happened in the first place.
sorry for the woman and I hope the daughter has better sense with her body/decisions/life.

16 years to life? That doesn't sound like hard time to me for stabbing your estranged wife to death. O-boy... Liberals.

Cyndy.. it must be nice to live in your ivory tower.

Cindy, it'll be very nice living in wherever you live in.

to answer some of your questions:
- whether or not these people are illegal immigrants or legal residents, it doesn't change the fact that this man stabbed his ex-wife to death. if he was an illegal immigrant, he wouldn't even be charged in a U.S. Federal Court.

-she went to meet his ex-husband at a hotel, because it says in the article that this is where he has been living ever since he separated from her.

-the daughter crawled through a window because she did. if she wants to get in there and find out what the heck has happened, why take time and call the manager when you can just get in there yourself right away?

- would this woman have known that this man is this dangerous 17 years ago when she married him? she asked for the divorce and no reason is given because those are personal. there's no need to dig into their personal lives and a reason behind their divorce. they did divorce, and period. end of story.

- there are many ways out for a woman? yeah. 1. you don't even know if a man you're dating is a psycho creeps to begin with.
2. if your ex calls you out to a private hotel room, would you suspect that he'll murder you? no. and it'll be even weirder if you drag your daughter in there with you, when the divorce is a story between the couple, not their daughter as well.
3. there's no information presenting saying that this man had any priors. you can't possibly claim to do a research on a guy before you date him.

- no matter how high your standards may be, this sort of thing can never be avoided, because it can never be foreseen. no one out there can predict this type of event is going to happen to them. you're only saying that because it already have. and don't judge the poor lady saying she had low self respect and standards--you're not the one to judge.

Karina, what you're talking about is denial. A person has to know what they're married to after 17 years unless they're brain cell deprived! This is a cultural problem seen all too often in immigrants. There is no need to assimilate. We assume they come here for a better way of life and to meld to our ideology, but it's only about money. Get real!


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