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El Monte man convicted in murder of prostitute

September 22, 2011 |  6:33 pm

An El Monte man was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder for beating, strangling and robbing a prostitute he contacted through an online escort service two years ago.

Cesar Gomez, 36, was found guilty by a jury in Santa Ana on one felony count of special circumstances murder in the death of 24-year-old Ashley Lilly in a Garden Grove hotel room.

The victim posted her profile on an escort website and Gomez arranged to meet her at a hotel near Disneyland on Aug. 20, 2009. Gomez severely beat Lilly and then ransacked the room, taking her possessions.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 2 and faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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