Transient sentenced to life in prison for Anaheim motel murder and kidnapping

A temporary was sentenced Friday to life in prison for shooting a man and kidnapping an ex-girlfriend at an Anaheim motel, then detaining the woman against her will for a week as she fled police , without parole.

Three years ago, an Orange County Superior Court jury found Luke Lampers, 41, guilty of the 2017 killing of Douglas Navarro, 49, and determined the killing of Lan There have also been killings during Perth’s estranged girlfriend Brianne Deese.

During a sentencing hearing in Santa Ana court on Friday morning, prosecutors read a written statement in which Navarro’s mother described watching her only son be shot dead and horrified as police searched Lampers. Hiding for a week.

“Maybe now I can accept it,” Linda Navarro wrote in her statement. “I miss my son every day. The hurt never goes away.”

Lampers chose not to address Orange County Superior Court Judge Patrick H. Donahue before sentencing.

In trial briefings presented to the court, prosecutors described Lampers as a “jealous, controlling, possessive” boyfriend who at one point pointed a pistol at Diess during a heated argument. Prosecutors wrote that Diess, who had left Lampers about a week before the kidnapping, had been “obsessively” calling and texting her in an attempt to find out where she lived.

On the night of January 11, Lampers found Dees staying in a room at the Crystal Hotel, a motel near Brookhurst Street on Lincoln Avenue. According to court records, Lampers kicked open the door, kicked the bathroom door, pointed a pistol at Deese and yelled “we’re going” and dragged his ex-girlfriend by hair to his car.

On the way to the Cerritos apartment, Diess persuaded Lampers to go back to the Crystal Hotel so she could retrieve her phone and cosmetic bag, according to court documents. When they returned to the motel half an hour after the initial break-in, a group of people had apparently gathered around the break-in door, including Navarro and his mother.

The team refused to let Lampers into the motel room because it did not belong to him, but apparently allowed Diess into the room. During the confrontation, Diess allegedly told the crowd that she did not want to leave with Lampers.

Lampers became increasingly agitated and wielded a semi-automatic pistol, according to prosecutors. When Navarro told him he needed to leave, that he should put the gun away and that he would not take Diess, Lampes responded by shooting Navarro in the chest, according to prosecutors.

In previous court filings, lawyers representing Lampers claimed he acted in self-defense. Previous defense documents described Navarro as a “career criminal,” saying Navarro witnessed the initial kidnapping but did nothing. When Lampes returned, the same defense filing said Navarro got a “fax weapon” from his car and tried to rob Lampes for $200.

After the shooting, Lampers again drove Diess out of the motel room and into his vehicle, allegedly telling her “you made me murder someone.”

While on the run, Lampers took Diess to motels in the Los Angeles area and then to San Diego. Diess later told authorities she was afraid to run because Lampos threatened to kill her or her family, adding that he had talked about crossing the border into Mexico.

According to court records, Deess was eventually able to tell the drug dealer Lampers to buy the heroin from the kidnapping and killing, and the dealer contacted Deess’ family, telling them she was in San Diego. The week-long manhunt ended with police shooting Lampers as he fled from a motel in Old Town San Diego.

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