A Santa Ana man who beat his much older gay lover to death with a rock in June 2010 was sentenced to life in state prison without the possibility of parole. Jose Fuentes, 26, had been found guilty by a jury on March 20 of one felony count of murder with special circumstance sentencing enhancements for murder by lying in wait, murder in the commission of a robbery, and murder in the commission of a burglary.
The jury deliberated about an hour before also finding the future California correctional institution prom date guilty of one felony count each of first degree robbery and first degree residential burglary.
Fuentes went to the guesthouse of Pedro Cerecer in the 1300 block of South Joane Way, Santa Ana, in June 2010 to share drinks and have sex with the 47-year-old man he'd known about a month. Once Cerecer fell asleep, Fuentes picked up a decorative rock, straddled Cerecer as he slept and bashed him to death.
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The younger man stole Cerecer's credit cards, cell phone and electronic equipment, including a flat screen TV, which was loaded into Cerecer's Toyota sedan that Fuentes drove off in.
The car was later located in the Garden Grove Police impound lot, and Fuentes was arrested shortly thereafter.