USA - California. Judge Fidler sentenced Michael Gargiulo to death
July 16, 2021:
Judge Larry Paul Fidler sentenced Michael Gargiulo to death.
Gargiulo, 45, White, known as the "Hollywood Ripper", was sentenced to death Friday for the gruesome killings of two women in their homes in the early 2000s. He was convicted in 2019 (see HoC 18/10/2019) of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. Victims were 22-year-old Ashley Ellerin, who was found in her Hollywood home with 47 stab wounds in February 2001 and Maria Bruno, a 32-year-old who was attacked in her sleep in December 2005. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler Friday announced the sentence. Gargiulo again insisted he was innocent at Friday's sentencing session. On April 28, 2008, he attacked Michelle Murphy, then 26, in her Santa Monica home. Murphy was able to kick off her attacker, who cut himself during the confrontation and fled. Gargiulo's blood was found at the scene. Gargiulo was arrested by the Santa Monica Police Department on June 6, 2008. Michelle Murphy testified at the trial. Gargiulo also faces a murder charge in Illinois in the 1993 death of 18-year-old Tricia Pacaccio. Gargiulo, who was 17 at the time of Pacaccio’s murder. Gargiulo will not be executed, at least not for now: Governor Gavin Newsom declared a moratorium on executions in 2019.
https://deathpenaltynews.blogspot.com/2021/07/hollywood-ripper-sentenced-to-death-in.html (Source: Agence France-Presse, 16/07/2021)