Bell Gardens Man Sentenced For Beating Wife to Death in Front of Their Child

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A Bell Gardens man was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison after he beat his wife to death inside their home two years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

Michael Robles, 34, beat his wife, 28-year-old Azelea Villareal, to death in front of their 4-year-old child on July 5, 2017, the prosecution said.

Robles pleaded no contest on Sept. 10 to one count of second-degree murder.

Villareal was hospitalized with multiple injuries after police responded to the residence on the 6200 block of Lanto Street. She died the following day.

Investigators said Villareal had been holding their child when Robles attacked her. Detectives determined the mother was struck multiple times, including after she was unconscious.

Robles’ sentence was the maximum possible under the charge he was convicted on.

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