A 36-year-old Marina man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for torture, burglary, assault, and witness intimidation, according to Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo. Marco Villa was sentenced after being found guilty, along with
co-defendant Samuel Ortiz, 36, on March 25 after a 13-day trial, according to the district attorney’s office. Villa and Ortiz were roommates living in Marina, and became angry when someone burglarized their apartment, stealing drugs and large amounts of
cash, according to the district attorney’s office. Suspecting that a friend named Douglas was responsible, the defendants sought to find this person, and questioned two men that they believed knew the whereabouts of the friend. Feb. 28, a victim was invited to the defendants’ apartment where he was brutally beaten and repeatedly questioned about the burglary, according to the district attorney’s office. Ortiz and Villa then traveled back to Monterey with the victim to question a second victim, who they attacked, tied up with a phone cord and brutally beat, according to the district attorney’s office. The second victim received two fractures to the face, while the first victim was able to escape and contact police. Villa must serve 13 years in prison before he can apply for
parole. On May 6, Ortiz was sentenced to life in prison on substantially the same charges, and must serve 16 years in prison before he can apply for parole.
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