By Rich McKay
(Reuters) – A California judge on Friday sentenced a man nicknamed the “Hollywood Ripper” to death for the murder of two women by burglary in the early 2000s, one of whom was preparing to have a date with actor Ashton Kutcher.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler sentenced Michael Thomas Gargiulo, a 45-year-old ex-manite, air conditioning repairman, and aspiring actor who was also dubbed the “Alley Boy Killer. side “and the” Cooler Killer. ” “by the media.
Gargiulo’s lawyers did not immediately return calls to Reuters on Saturday. But Gargiulo maintained his innocence throughout the trial.
He spoke briefly with the court before his sentencing and complained that his lawyers should have let him testify, reported outlets such as the Los Angeles Times.
“I am going to go to death row unfairly and unjustly,” the Times and other outlets reported.
But Judge Fidler responded to the court during the televised sentencing that “wherever Mr. Gargiulo went, death and destruction followed.”
Gargiulo was found guilty in 2001 of the murder of Ashley Ellerin, 22, a fashion design student, who was murdered in her Hollywood home while preparing to date Kutcher.
Kutcher, the former star of the television shows “Two and a Half Men” and “That ’70s Show,” testified in the 2019 trial that he was late for the appointment and that Ellerin did not answer the door.
He also told the court that when he looked out the window he saw blood stains but thought it was red wine spilled on the floor.
Gargiulo was also convicted of the stabbing murder of Maria Bruno, 32, who was Gargiulo’s neighbor in El Monte, California in 2005. He was captured in 2008 when another victim, Michelle Murphy, then 26, rejected him and survived. to attack on it. Santa Monica, California home, showed the court trial.
Gargiulo was convicted of attempted murder in the Murphy case and is wanted in a murder case in Illinois.
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