SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — An Orange County man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing his neighbor because he mistakenly thought the victim was a pedophile.
Robert Vasquez was sentenced Friday after he was convicted of murder and other charges in the December 2011 death of 54-year-old Bobby Ray Rainwater Jr.
Prosecutors said both men lived in a San Juan Capistrano mobile home park and Vasquez killed Rainwater because he was a registered sex offender. Rainwater was convicted of assault with intent to rape an adult woman in the early 1980s. He was paroled in 1992.
Authorities say Vasquez's mother falsely told her son that Rainwater had molested children. Vasquez stabbed Rainwater in the back and then slashed his throat.
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