Nain Isaac Nieto Hernandez, a 36-year-old mixed martial arts fighter, was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years to life in prison for killing an escort in a Newport Beach office building in 2015. UPDATE: News reports are stating that Hernandez competed in MMA, although no official records have been found.
Earlier this year, Hernandez was convicted of second-degree murder in the December 2015 killing of 23-year-old Sarai Alcaraz.
Hernandez was arrested during a traffic stop on December 30, 2015, one day after Alcaraz’s body was found.
According to court documents, Alcaraz worked for an adult entertainment agency called Cyren Entertainment, which supplied escorts to privately dance for clients at their homes or in hotel rooms.
Hernandez, who worked as a janitor in the Campus Drive office complex where Alcaraz was found, called Cyren Entertainment and requested an escort.
Prosecutors said Alcaraz was inside the complex for about nine minutes. At the seven-minute mark, she texted her driver, Jordan Beltran, to advise him she had collected the fee from Hernandez. But she never exited the building.
Cyren Entertainment manager Lynda Estrada reported Alcaraz missing to Newport Beach police when she did not respond to any calls or messages.
Officers arrived on scene and found the victim stuffed in a trash can in the supply closet.
Hernandez, whose driver’s license was found at the scene, pled not guilty and testified that he acted in self-defense when he claimed the victim attempted to rob him.
Alcaraz died of multiple blunt force trauma injuries to the head, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s coroner.
Jurors, who were given the option to consider voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter, deliberated for about two days before reaching a verdict.
Hernandez was given credit for 2,541 days behind bars while awaiting trial and sentencing.
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