July 25, 2014
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to 25 years to life for murdering his estranged wife, who vanished 16 years ago after filing for divorce and moving away with the couple's children.
John Racz proclaimed his innocence at today's hearing in San Fernando, saying repeatedly "I did not kill my wife."
Ann Racz disappeared after filing for a divorce to end their 19-year marriage and four days after moving to a Newhall condominium with the couple's children.
She was last seen driving away from her husband's home in Valencia after dropping off their children there on April 22nd, 1991.
Authorities later found her minivan at an airport parking lot in Van Nuys.
Her body was never found.
Racz's attorney says he will appeal the conviction.