Man sentenced to life in prison for 1989 cold-case murder

A 55-year-old man convicted in the 1989 cold-case murder of a woman whose body was found in a vacant lot west of the Harbor (110) Freeway in Westlake County was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison. prison without the possibility of parole.

Supreme Court Justice Eleanor Hunter called the September 1989 murder of Monica Wertlieb “an absolutely heinous crime” and noted that Orlando Dejesus Arredondo Donis did not show “an ounce of remorse” when he was subsequently interviewed by Los Angeles police.

Arredondo Donis was convicted of first-degree murder on April 29, with jurors also finding true the charge of murder during the commission of a rape.

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