Orange County - The California Supreme Court upheld the death sentence for an Orange County man who was convicted back in 1989. Fifty-six year old Richard Lucio DeHoyos was arrested in '89 for the kidnapping, rape, and murder of a nine-year-old schoolgirl. DeHoyos was first sentenced to the death penalty in 1993, but since then, the Chief Justice had ordered a second trial on the basis of juror misconduct. This second trial, however, also found DeHoyos guilty.
Nadia Puente, the 9-year-old girl, was found dead in a trashcan in Griffith Park, wrapped in a bedspread from a Santa Ana motel. DeHoyos, who was nicknamed "Uncle Fester" by his inmates, admitted to luring the young schoolgirl into his car by posing as a schoolteacher. Of all the allegations, DeHoyos denied the rape charge, as he claimed that he had sodomized her only after she was dead. Well, that helps his case - now it's just kidnapping and murder.
Expert Orange County criminal defense attorney Michael L. Guisti points this case out for its heightened poignancy, as it involves a number of crimes, including kidnapping, rape, and murder, all of an underage girl, which makes each of the allegations worse. Murder alone could find the defendant 25 years to life in prison, depending on the degree of murder.
Our team of murder, rape, and kidnapping criminal defense attorneys state that Penal Code 207 describes kidnapping as the use of force or fear to take a person and move that person a "substantial distance." To disprove a kidnapping, you must be able to prove that the person in question consented to move this substantial distance.
Child molestation is covered in a number of Penal Codes, but is generally described as non-consensual lewd acts with a minor, PC 288. Many of these child molestation charges will be tried as felonies, explains child molestation defense lawyer Michael L. Guisti, which drastically increases the severity of the sentences. If convicted of child molestation, you could likely face several years to life in prison, depending on the facts of the case. Not to mention the life-long entitling of "Sex Offender" that will stick with you, ruining your reputation and job availability.
First-degree murder, which "Uncle Fester" received, immediately found him with at least 25 years in state prison. The fact that it was a child, and lewd acts were performed prior (or worse, after) only heightens the sentencing, which evolved to the death penalty in this case.
Our team of murder defense experts wants to urge you to seek our counsel if you or someone close have been arrested or convicted for murder of any degree, or any of the criminal charges above. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can defend your case, clear your name, and ensure a clear road ahead. Our diligent and aggressive approach often gets the case won or thrown out before it even reaches the District Attorney's desk, which is great news for you. Do not hesitate to call the Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti today for your free consultation. Call us at: 888-478-8999.