A Ventura County man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for kidnapping one woman, and murdering a second.
It started in July of 2013, when Andres Rodriguez and Melissa Salazar were robbed. Prosecutors say they kidnapped a woman that knew who robbed them, with the woman directing them to a Santa Paula home. After a confrontation, a man who was in the home fled, but Rodriguez shot, and fatally wounded Angela Bryant. Rodriguez and Salazar initially fled to Mexico, but were arrested a few months later.
Rodriguez pled guilty to first degree murder and kidnapping, as well as using a gun in commission of the crimes. Salazar had already pled guilty to kidnapping and other charges, and received a 20 year sentence.