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
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