Ricardo Dagoberto Diaz-Nivarez Guilty of Helping Mom Murder Elderly Jewelry Salesman

Categories: Court, Crime-iny
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A jury has found a 27-year-old Santa Ana man guilty of plotting the robbery and murder of an elderly jewelry salesman whose body was never found.

After being convicted on one felony count of murder, Ricardo Dagoberto Diaz-Nivarez faces the same since his momma received in April 2011: 25 years to life in state prison.

On the night of March 17, 2005, 78-year-old Mario Hernandez told his granddaughter he needed to get up early the next morning to meet a client buying jewelry from him. When Hernandez did not return home the next night, his family called Santa Ana Police to file a missing person's report. The family also contacted Hernandez's cell phone company and discovered the last number he dialed on March 18, 2005, belonged to Rebeca Nivarez, 47, of Garden Grove.

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Rebeca Nivarez
Hernandez's van was found abandoned at Pavion Park in Mission Viejo the following week. Although it had not been burned, officers smelled gasoline throughout the interior. What had been a missing person's case was now being investigated as a homicide.

Detectives discovered several pieces of Hernandez's jewelry had been pawned at shops throughout Santa Ana. It was also uncovered that Ms. Nivarez had her daughter hold some jewelry for her before she fled the area.

After a yearlong investigation, Nivarez was arrested for robbing and murdering Hernandez. By then, Diaz-Nivarez had fled to Mexico, but he was later extradited back to the U.S. His mother was convicted, but there was a hung jury in Diaz-Nivarez's first trail last September.


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mitch young
mitch young

"By then, Diaz-Nivarez had fled to Mexico, but he was later extradited back to the U.S. "

It's funny how when illegals get deported, it's all whining about 'separated from family' and, for those here since childhood, having to leave the 'only country they've ever known'. Yet when the fit hits the shan, they have no problem picking up and heading across the border pronto.

OTOH, good on the Mexican Mexicans for extraditing this dude -- of course we will just have to pay $40,000/year to keep the little anchor in prison. Too bad we can't fasten him to a heavy chain and drop him in the ocean.

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

Saltwater would cause the heavy chain to rust which, coupled with the toxins that would be emitted from the man's body, would pollute our precious ocean. Come on, Mitch: freeze dry the guy into organic fishy food anchored to the ocean floor by heavy hemp rope.

mitch young
mitch young

Why let the fishes have that good protein. You're old enough to remember Soylent Green, aren't you?

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