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A Los Angeles judge sentenced a man to life in prison without the possibility of parole Friday for carrying out a “ritualistic killing” in which the victim was dismembered at a downtown Los Angeles hotel.

Edward Garcia was found guilty in the dismemberment of a man at a skid row hotel in 2010. His wife is also facing trial. (Credit: Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times)

Edward Garcia was found guilty in the dismemberment of a man at a skid row hotel in 2010. His wife is also facing trial. (Credit: Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times)

Elizabeth White-Peterson clasped her sons' hands and held them up, after the judge announced the sentence for Edward Garcia, who killed one of her sons.

"I thought I had seen it all," said Superior Court Judge Larry P. Fidler, before giving the sentence. "I was wrong."

Jurors found Garcia, 41, guilty of first-degree murder in the November 2010 slaying of Herbert Tracy White, whose dismembered remains were found in Room 66 of the Continental Hotel.

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