[UPDATED with Conviction:] Luis Rosales Rivera Guilty of Murdering Roommate With Sledgehammer

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UPDATED, OCT. 12, 1:21 P.M.: Gardener and potential Machete II stand-in Luis Rosales Rivera was convicted today of murdering his sleeping 63-year-old roommate with a sledgehammer.

A jury in Santa Ana found Rivera, 59, of Stanton, guilty of one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the use of a deadly weapon. He faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in state prison at his Dec. 9 sentencing.

ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 7, 7:18 A.M.: Just to be clear, the sledgehammer at the center of the case against Luis Rosales Rivera was not used to hit our ugliest police mugshot of the week poser in the face.

Actually, the 59-year-old is accused of using the sledgehammer to kill and disfigure his 63-year-old roommate sleeping in a Stanton garage in March 2008.

His defense attorney told the jury this week that Rivera did wield the hammer while still proclaiming his client's innocence.

He's accused of killing Miguel Delacruz and faces 26 years to life in state prison if convicted of murder with a sentencing enhancement for use of a deadly weapon.

Deputy Public Defender Lawrence Volk told jurors this week that Delacruz was Rivera's "personal terrorist," characterizing the small-framed dead man as a tyrant who belittled, peed on and once tried to stab his client.

It's actually part of Senior Deputy District Attorney Steve McGreevy's prosecution that the gardener lashed out because he found Delacruz bossy. But after a night of partying, he returned home to hit the sleeping man in the head three times with a sledgehammer before leaving for a nightclub where he drank and danced until closing.


Courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's Office
Luis Rosales Rivera: killer or terror victim?

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Keep the "ugly" comment rattling in your pee brain where it belongs. This is a very sad story and your "he he" mugshot joke is in very poor taste.  Base comments only reveal the content of our heart.  So lets do this one more time. The sledgehammer story is not funny in the least and your commentary really was disturbing. It spoke more about you Matt Coker. Check your self!

mitch young
mitch young

whitemansbourbon will be along anytime now to tell us what a great economic asset this guy and his now dead garage-mate were. 



 doesnt he look a little like Machete? 

mitch young
mitch young

Totally. I was thinking Edward James Olmos, but you are way closer to the mark.

At any rate, this guy is 56, he'll be in prison for 15-20 years at least. At supposedly 40,000 per year per inmate, that's 600,000 to 800,000 from you and me.

Thank god for cheap lawn care, right? Right?


We are constantly told how much our economy depends on immigrant labor.  The actions of Luis Rivera cancel out any economic benefit of thousands of workers.  FActor this in whenever the wooly headed Asstlanistas try to convince you that Immies are good for the country.

mitch young
mitch young

That reference is a little too hip for me. 

And no question I rant about immigration too much. But you want to bet this guy is an immigrant? I'll bet you 10 to 1. I'll be you 5 to 1 he is an illegal immigrant. I think your comment points to a profound difference between the opposing sides on the issue. One side thinks that immigration is some sort of force of nature, or untouchable element of American identity. The other side thing (mine) thinks it is a policy and as such should be tailored to the benefit or *our* society as a whole, not Mexico's benefit or the benefit of specific economic or ethnic groups. And as a policy it should be subject to cost/benefit analysis. Right here we have a huge cost being imposed on a guy, that like I said, probably shouldn't even be here.

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

If your name was Bill Walton, and we were talking about immigration in place of knowledge of everything, I would say, "Bill Walton: is there any topic he can't bring back to immigration."

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