Jorge Espitia of Mammoth Lakes accepted a plea deal from the Mono County District Attorney on 19 charges ranging from selling methamphetamines to minors and conducting sexual acts with minors.

Under the agreement, Espitia will plead guilty to 12 felonies and one misdemeanor and serve 25 years in prison.

Espitia was arrested last May by Mono County District Attorney investigators with the assistance of Mammoth Lakes Police Department. At that time, his bail was set at $500,000.

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  1. David Dennison November 19, 2019 at 6:03 pm #

    Judge Judy…if you are refering to what I said,the guy walked the girl home from a party.apparently wanted more than to just help her out …killed her,shoved her under a mattress and a few days later,left town and joined the Army…a suspect all along,but back in the days before forensics….no body,no crime…well,they found the body,made the arrest,convicted and sentenced to 10 years on a manslaughter charge….out in 2 years…..and then KARMA took over,while on parole,he stole a bottle of vodka from Albertsons….parole violation….back in prison for 8 years…maybe it’s just my thinking,but if you kill someone,throw their dead body under a mattress,later to be found by someone’s dog on a walk..then leave town,if that isn’t murder,what is ?

    • Scott November 20, 2019 at 6:39 am #

      I hear you, but do you know the details of the trial? Why did the prosecutor not get a straight up murder conviction? Yeah, sounds like murder for sure, but I just wonder what happened so that they could get manslaughter but not murder. But even murderers can get out of prison surprisingly quickly. I’m sure you’re right. This scum will be out preying on kids way too soon.

      • David Dennison November 20, 2019 at 1:20 pm #

        Scott…..From what I can remember about the case and trial (many years ago,back in the early 80’s),his defense lawyer claimed he didn’t “intend” to kill her….not a lot of facts came out about it,but his claim was,after not getting what he wanted on that walk back to her home,he beat her to a pulp,and by doing so,caused her death…probably didn’t help matters much being left under a mattress in the desert with mortal wounds…I guess in the eyes of the jury,his intention wasn’t to kill her that night…the last time I read about this incident on an A.V. site,the guy that did the killing served the full 8 years for the parole violation,and after that release,in and out of jail and prison for most of his life…

    • Judge Judy November 20, 2019 at 7:05 am #

      Settle down David.

      My comment was based solely on yours

      You say the man “got 10 years for manslaughter.”

      If so, he wasn’t convicted of murder.

      There is a big difference between murder and manslaughter.

  2. Judge Judy November 19, 2019 at 7:31 am #

    Not that it matters, but if he was convicted of manslaughter he didn’t murder anyone.

  3. Rick O'Brien November 18, 2019 at 9:17 pm #

    I don’t know, Dennis. His crimes against children will make him a target in the big-house. Even when they put these guys in PC, inmates have a way with getting what they want. And no , I don’t know from firsthand experience…I’ve got 3 fishing buddies that are correctional officers and the stories I’ve heard would make some folks lose their lunch.

  4. Tinner November 18, 2019 at 6:28 pm #

    Judging by his mugshot I think he’s going to be even more dangerous when he is released from prison, people who commit like these cannot ever be rehabilitated so I hope he’s real popular in prison any we won’t have to worry about him being released.
    I don’t often feel hatred for towards people, it’s just not me, but I absolutely hate those who commit crimes such as this, I wish the worst on them, may he never ever experience freedom again.

  5. David Dennison November 18, 2019 at 2:29 pm #

    Rick O Brien…..the way our court and judicial system works,he’ll probably be out and walking the streets in 10…..or less….when I was living in the Antelope Valley,a guy murdered one of my ex-wife’s friends,threw her underneath a mattress in the desert…got 10 years for manslaughter and was out in 2 years with 8 years of parole……

  6. Rick O'Brien November 17, 2019 at 11:16 pm #

    I guess when his booking photo was taken , he didn’t realize he’d be an old man before he breathed free air again .


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