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Former Movie Grip Sentenced to
Life Prison Term for 2004 Murder,
Sexual Assault

June 27, 2006
Contacts: Joe Scott, Director of Communications
Sandi Gibbons, Public Information Officer
Jane Robison, News Secretary
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VAN NUYS – A former movie grip was sentenced today to 61 years to life in prison for murdering one woman two years ago and sexually assaulting another during a rampage that ended with capture after he jumped out of a building in Hollywood.

Deputy District Attorney Shellie Samuels of the Major Crimes Division said 38-year-old Paul Alan Ott was sentenced by Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Barry A. Taylor. Taylor presided over Ott’s jury trial that ended on May 11.

Jurors convicted Ott of the second-degree murder of Edith I. Mejia, 42, who was stabbed to death and severely beaten on Jan. 18 or 19, 2004. They also convicted him of the Jan. 19, 2004, forcible oral copulation on a second woman on Jan. 19, 2004.

Mejia’s body was found on Jan. 19, 2004, in Ott’s SUV, which was parked at his Van Nuys apartment building. The body was found after the second victim, identified only as Jane Doe, escaped Ott and went to police.

She had been lured into Ott’s vehicle, taken to his apartment building and sexually assaulted. He used a chain saw to threaten her, the prosecutor said.

A manhunt was launched after Mejia’s body was discovered. Ott was traced to Hollywood, where he was arrested after jumping out a second-floor window in an attempt to escape police. He was booked on Jan. 22, 2004, and has remained in custody on $2 million bail.


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