Laguna Beach Gay On Gay Murder Ends With Severe Prison Trip

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

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Dragna: Duh, err, when did cell phones start emitting signals?
An Orange County Superior Court judge today sentenced a 25-year-old Lake Forest man to life in a California prison without parole possibilities for the 2009 special circumstances robbery/murder of a popular Laguna Beach hotel catering manager.

The killing was as vicious as it was unnecessary, but also unique because the victim, 40-year-old Damon Nicholson, was gay as well as killer Matthew Dragna and his alleged sex/crime partner, Jacob Anthony Quintanilla, who faces a future trial for the murder.

A jury found Dragna guilty in December for his role in the baseball bat killing of Nicholson in his North Laguna home.

Dragna and Quintanilla demonstrated their exceptional mental prowess by stealing the victim's cell phone, taking it with them to The Timbers, an apartment complex in Lake Forest, and dumping it in a trash can, according to police.

The apartment complex trash can, where the signal-emitting phone was abandoned, happened to be the same complex where both genius defendants lived with their mothers.

Working with Laguna Beach Police Department detectives, veteran homicide prosecutor Matt Murphy overwhelmed jurors with evidence of Dragna's guilt in Superior Court Judge James A. Stotler's Santa Ana courtroom.

The defendant acknowledged that he'd been in the victim's house and had sex with him, but denied any knowledge of the killing.

It didn't help Dragna's cause that after the murder he tried to sell the dead man's personal computer on the black market.

Go HERE to see our prior coverage of this case.

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18 comments
get4tme
get4tme

a 2 for 1 sweet. All Gays go to hell

Luis Lopez-Maldonado
Luis Lopez-Maldonado

"unique" - obviously it was an Orange County, CA writer… I know the OC, very well, and it is sad that still, after 2014, that "taboo" stories like these are given so much attention; very ignorant writers… there are straight victims and straight criminals killing daily. And…

Tim Sesler
Tim Sesler

Another Mathew Sheppard (sp?) incident.

Gerardo Robles
Gerardo Robles

Damn..... Someone's gonna be a bitch in jail with a bad reputation

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

2009.  Man, the wheels of justice are stuck in a rut.

One thing that isn't unique: psycho killers living with their mothers. Or gay guys.

Ramon Chavez
Ramon Chavez

It was unique cause it was gay haha wtf the writer must be a joto too lol putos

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

Just curious but why does their sexual orientation make this case unique?

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@get4tme  

People like you are a waste of oxygen. And if homophobic hateful scum like you get into heaven I'd rather not go.

MaherSawaf
MaherSawaf

@get4tme If You are really saying gay men are going to hell to satisfy your hatred toward this group of people, better get yourself armed and start shooting couple of them now cuz no one is going anywhere!...

trb92677
trb92677

It's a great read oh the depravity.......,

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@paullucas714 Okay, name one other Orange County murder involving three gay people in the last 20 years. In the overwhelming majority of cases, straight men have killed a gay victim.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@rscottmoxley @paullucas714 Ok I get it. The way it was written left me scratching my head. Ive heard of many a gay on gay crime in my time here in this green rock.

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