October 22, 2014
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A Los Angeles County man who was arrested five years after his ex-girlfriend's murder has been sentenced to 26 years to life in prison for slitting her throat in 2001.
The Orange County District Attorney's office said Friday that 34-year-old Ruben Retana Perez of Whittier was found guilty of murder in a jury trial in August 2011.
Prosecutors say Perez attacked 29-year-old Rocio Leon as he was driving her to work. He cut her throat with a kitchen knife and stabbed her twice before running over her body and leaving town.
Perez remained a fugitive until he was arrested in 2008 in Arkansas for drunk driving. Police there discovered his true identity and the Orange County murder warrant.