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Young Woman Sent to Prison for Life
in Murders of Four Family Members

April 21, 2004
Contacts: Joe Scott, Director of Communications
Sandi Gibbons, Public Information Officer
Jane Robison, News Secretary
(213) 974-3525

NORWALK – A 20-year-old woman will spend the rest of her life in prison – without the possibility of parole – for the murders of four family members and the attempted murder of a fifth, the District Attorney’s office announced today.

Monica Diaz was sentenced this morning to four consecutive life-without-parole terms for the four murders, plus a consecutive 15-year-to-life term for the attempted murder of her aunt, who adopted Diaz after the defendant’s own mother died.

Diaz’s boyfriend, 21-year-old Michael Naranjo, is serving the same sentence. He pleaded guilty last year and testified on behalf of Diaz, claiming he alone was responsible for the murders on July 21, 2000, in Pico Rivera. The jury, however, on Feb. 3 found Diaz guilty.

Norwalk Superior Court Judge John A. Torribio, who presided over the case, imposed sentence on the young woman. Deputy District Attorney Kevin McCormick of the Major Crimes Division said Diaz showed no emotion.

McCormick, a veteran trial lawyer who has prosecuted many murder cases, has told reporters during the course of the case that the killings were the worse that he ever had seen.

Killed on July 21, 2000, were Richard Angel Flores, 42; and his children, Richard Jr., 17; Sylvia Jr. (cq), 13; and Matthew, 10. All were stabbed to death.

Surviving the attack was Sylvia Flores, who adopted Diaz and her sister when their mother died. After Diaz was convicted, Mrs. Flores said, "She is my daughter. I lost her at the same time I lost my other children."


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