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Man convicted of murder in Halloween throat-slashing

February 22, 2012 |  5:25 pm

Hector Jaramillo was convicted of murder in a 2006 Halloween slashing attack
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.


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Photo: Hector Delio Aguilar Jaramillo. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office