SANTA ANA, Calif. – A Southern California man who killed two people and dismembered one of them in order to steal money and cover his tracks has been sentenced to death.
An Orange County judge handed down the sentence Friday to 32-year-old Daniel Patrick Wozniak.
Superior Court Judge John Conley followed the recommendation of a jury that in January decided that Wozniak should be put to death. The jury had convicted him of murder in December.
Prosecutors say Wozniak was debt-ridden in 2010 when he shot a neighbor, Samuel Herr of Costa Mesa, to steal $50,000 the Army veteran had saved from service in Afghanistan.
Prosecutors say Wozniak then used a ruse to kill Herr's friend, Julie Kibuishi, and tried to make it appear Herr had raped and killed her, then fled.