Man convicted of murder in Halloween throat-slashing
A 42-year-old man was convicted of murder Wednesday in connection with a 2006 Halloween night throat-slashing in Anaheim that left the victim nearly decapitated.
Hector Delio Aguilar Jaramillo was charged with killing Roberto Martinez-Escamilla as he screamed for help and tried to break free, the Orange County district attorney's office said.
Martinez-Escamilla was the boyfriend of Jaramillo's sister-in-law.
Jaramillo, of Lake Elsinore, smashed a bathroom window and escaped, according to prosecutors.
The case went cold until 2010, when Jaramillo was allegedly linked to the slaying by DNA evidence that was submitted to a law enforcement database after he was arrested in an assault case in Riverside County, according to the district attorney's office.
Jaramillo faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 9 at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.
— Robert J. Lopez
Photo: Hector Delio Aguilar Jaramillo. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office