UPDATED: Son Convicted of Strangling 82-Year-Old Mom at Leisure World
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Let's just be glad this didn't come down on Mother's Day. Today, a 52-year-old Ethan Emanuel Rosenfeld was convicted of strangling his 82-year-old widowed mother, with whom he lived at Laguna Woods retirement community Leisure World. He's hoping to avoid prison by claiming insanity. From the Orange County District Attorney's office:
Between 4:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on May 30, 2005, Rosenfeld strangled and murdered his 82-year-old widowed mother, Helen. He put her dead body in her bed, crossed her arms across her chest, and wrapped her body in a sheet. The defendant, who was unemployed and living with his mother in her Leisure World home in Laguna Woods, then fled taking the victim's credit card and car.Rosenfeld entered a plea of "not guilty" and "not guilty by reason of insanity." The "not guilty" phase was completed today, resulting in Rosenfeld's conviction. Next comes a trial with the same jury as before deciding whether Rosenfeld was legally insane at the time of the murder. If he loses, he faces a maximum sentence of 25 year to life in state prison.
Rosenfeld went to Starbucks and a gas station and tried to use his murdered mother's credit card to buy coffee and chewing tobacco. He drove around for a while before returning to the house. At approximately 10:00 a.m., Rosenfeld called 911 and claimed that he found his mother dead and that she had passed away in her sleep.
Update: Rosenfeld's "I was crazy" defense didn't work. Today (May 13) a jury found that Rosenfeld was sane when he strangled his mother. He'll be sentenced on June 11.