A convicted drug dealer was sentenced Tuesday to 11 years in prison for his role in the 2012 slaying of a 20th Century Fox executive whose decomposed body was found in the desert more than two years after he disappeared.
Before handing down the sentence, L.A. County Superior Court Judge Stephen A. Marcus spoke directly to John Lenzie Creech, the defendant, saying his actions had been “egregious, heartless, callous.”
“Frankly,” the judge said, “you're a cold and cruel person.”
A downtown Los Angeles jury rejected prosecution arguments that Creech murdered Gavin Smith after catching him in a romantic tryst with Creech’s wife, but the panel in July convicted him instead of voluntary manslaughter. Creech, 45, faces up to 11 years behind bars.
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