John Rand Agosta, Killer of Estranged Wife, Tells Judge Giving Him 50 Years to Read Bible
See the update on Page 2 on what the judge, defendant and deceased woman's mother and sisters said in court today.
ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 15, 1:52 P.M.: An Anaheim man, who killed his estranged wife in an Irvine cul de sac after she stopped there for a lunch break from her nearby preschool teaching job, was sentenced today to 50 years to life in state prison.
A jury in June found John Rand Agosta guilty of first-degree murder.
Depressed about the break-up of his marriage six months earlier, Agosta had posted angry messages on Facebook about wanting to buy a gun and saying of his 28-year-old wife Alejandra Hernandez, "If she died I would laugh."
He followed her car to the Via Siena neighborhood where she liked to enjoy quiet lunches alone. A neighbor heard her say, "Get away from me" before Agosta repeatedly fired shots at her.
He then got into his car to drive off, but the engine would not start. So he got out, walked over to Hernandez's body, turned her over and kicked her once before fleeing on foot. She died at the scene.
He left behind his car, registered to him, with his passport, clothing, toiletries and the gun inside.
Agosta later called a friend who did not know about the murder for a ride. He was arrested later that afternoon at the friend's South County home.