Man Sentenced to Life Without Parole for Killing Sex Offender Neighbor

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Robert Eugene Vasquez (OCSD)

An Orange County man who killed a neighbor in his mobile home park because the neighbor was a sex offender was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Robert Eugene Vasquez, 36, was convicted in June of stabbing neighbor Bobby Ray Rainwater Jr. to death.

Prosecutors said Vasquez waited outside Rainwater’s home in a San Juan Capistrano mobile home park on the morning of Dec. 1, 2011, intending to kill Rainwater because he was a registered sex offender.

Vasquez’s mother had told her son and others that Rainwater was a child molester. In fact, Rainwater had been convicted of assault with intent to commit rape, an offense that obligated him to register as a sex offender but did not involve a child, said Orange County Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Ebrahim Baytieh.

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