of Fullerton was sentenced to 110 years in state prison for murdering his neighborDonna Dutton
, also 43 and a multiple sclerosis sufferer, who Rodriguez had caught in bed with his then 18-year-old son, beat and strangled to death and whose body the father and son dumped in a remote area of in the high desert town of Victorville.
The son, Junior Rodriguez, was sentenced to a year in jail for his role in the murder.
Dutton's sister spoke at today's sentencing hearing.
She said the late woman was a wonderful person, her murder was a tremendous loss for their family and that Rodriguez should be locked away for the rest of his life and be unable to experience the life events of his family, in the same way that he took that right from her sister.
She got her wish.
Original Post, October 19, 3:51 p.m.: Meant to post this yesterday, but there has been a conviction in a case then-Weekly web editor Janine Kahn previewed in June 2007.
Guillermo Rodriguez, 43, of Fullerton, was found guilty by a jury of murdering his neighbor Donna Dutton, also 43 and a multiple sclerosis sufferer, who Rodriguez had caught in bed with his then 18-year-old son, beat and strangled to death and whose body the father and son dumped in a remote area of in the high desert town of Victorville.
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Rodriguez may have escaped prosecution were it not for the woman he married after the slaying.
The following Orange County District Attorney's statement on the conviction lays out the case and references the previous conviction of Rodriguez's son:
October 18, 2010
FULLERTON MAN CONVICTED OF MURDERING 43-YEAR-OLD NEIGHBOR AFTER FINDING HER IN BED WITH HIS ADULT SON
SANTA ANA - A Fullerton man was convicted today of murdering his 43-year-old neighbor after finding her in bed with his adult son. Guillermo Rodriguez, 43, Fullerton, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count each of murder, criminal threats, and dissuading a witness from testifying. Rodriguez has four prior strikes including two robbery and two assault with a deadly weapon convictions in 1996. Rodriguez now faces a maximum sentence of 80 years to life in state prison at his sentencing on Dec. 10, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-42, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
Guillermo Rodriguez's son, Junior Rodriguez, was also charged and convicted in this case (see below).
On the night of Oct. 16, 2006, Guillermo Rodriguez had a dinner party at his apartment in Fullerton with his girlfriend, four sons, and neighbor Donna Dutton and her 12-year-old daughter. Guillermo Rodriguez consumed alcohol throughout the night. At approximately 1:00 a.m. on Oct. 17, 2006, Guillermo Rodriguez left the apartment with his girlfriend to purchase more alcohol. When they returned to the apartment, Guillermo Rodriguez walked into the bedroom of his 18-year-old son, Junior Rodriguez, and found Dutton in bed with him. The defendant argued with Dutton and yelled at his girlfriend and son to leave the room and close the door. Guillermo Rodriguez strangled and murdered Dutton, wrapped her in a blanket, and left the body in the bathroom.
The next evening, Guillermo Rodriguez carried the victim out of the apartment and into his girlfriend's car with the help of Junior Rodriguez. The defendant drove to Victorville and dumped the body in a remote area. He instructed his son and his girlfriend to tell police that the victim had left the dinner party at 2:30 a.m. if questioned. Ten days later, hunters came across the victim's body and notified police.
In December 2006, Rodriguez told his new wife, Christina Rodriguez, what he had done to Dutton a couple of months earlier. On March 20, 2007, while at the Fullerton Police Department, Christina Rodriguez called the defendant to discuss the crime. He dissuaded her from telling anyone what he had said.
On May 29, 2007, Guillermo and Junior Rodriguez were arrested. On Jan. 8, 2008, Junior Rodriguez pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact and was sentenced to one year in jail and three years of formal probation.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Steve McGreevy of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.