A 54-year-old Riverside woman who was found pushing a trash can containing her boyfriend’s body parts down the street was sentenced Monday to 26 year to life in state prison.
Carmen Montelongo was convicted Aug. 29 of first-degree murder in the 2011 stabbing death and dismemberment of her 62-year-old boyfriend, Samuel Wiggins, according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.
More than five weeks after Wiggins, of Diamond Bar, was reporting missing by his family, Montelongo was caught by police officers as she moved some of his remains in a garbage can through a residential neighborhood in Ontario.
During the investigation into Wiggins’ disappearance, Montelongo told police she was regularly in contact with him. Meanwhile, she dismembered his body, placing his head and arms in potted plants that were later found in Bell Gardens, according to the DA’s office.
The legs and torso were found buried in Ontario at the home where Montelongo was apprehended, the DA’s office stated.
Investigators from the Ontario Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department found that Wiggins was stabbed to death in his home in Diamond Bar — twice in the chest and 22 times in the back.
“We are pleased that the jury saw the case for what it was — a heinous crime — and that justice was served for the victim and his family,” said Deputy District Attorney Erica Gallegos in a news release.
A mistrial had been granted in the case in January, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reported at the time.