Mon. Mar 4th, 2024

Fernando Jaramillo Llamas, a 29-year-old Santa Ana man, pleaded guilty last Friday and he was immediately sentenced to 32 years to life in prison for killing his wife while he was out on bail on charges of raping her.

Jaramillo Llamas accepted felony charges of second-degree murder, leading police on a chase, rape of a spouse, criminal threats, dissuading a witness by force, bringing a controlled substance into jail and robbery. He also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of disobeying a domestic relations court order.

Jaramillo Llamas will face sentencing soon. He may end up with a sentence of as long as 32 years and eight months to life in prison. He has however been given credit for 2,216 days behind bars awaiting trial, which is just over six years.

Jaramillo Llamas raped his wife back on May 21, 2018. As he was being booked the jail officers found he also had tried to smuggle methamphetamine into jail.

On Friday, May 24, 2019 at 7:10 a.m., SAPD police officers responded to a call of a deceased female at the Cornerstone Village Apartments located at 1021 South Standard Avenue. Orange County Fire Authority paramedics responded and pronounced the victim deceased at 7:22 AM.

The preliminary field investigation revealed the decedent was a 26-year old Hispanic female, Maria Teresa Murillo Rojas, who resided in the apartment with her 25-year-old husband, Jaramillo Llamas, their 1-year old daughter, and the decedent’s extended family.

Jaramillo Llamas had previously been ordered to stay away from Rojas.

SAPD police officers learned that Jaramillo Llamas had left the location prior to the discovery of the decedent’s demise. The police officers also learned that Llamas was currently out on bail for an on-going criminal proceeding. Evidence at the scene indicated foul play.

SAPD homicide detectives responded and assumed the investigation. Detectives identified the decedent’s husband, Jaramillo Llamas, as a named suspect pending further investigation.

At approximately 9:05 a.m., SAPD officers responded to reports of an attempted suicide at Aluminum Precision Metals at 523 East Alton Avenue, Jaramillo Llamas’ last known place of employment. Upon arrival, police officers observed Jaramillo Llamas flee the location in a black Volkswagen Passat but were unable to track him.

At 11:14 a.m., patrol officers observed the vehicle driving in the area of Grand Avenue and the 5 Freeway. A vehicular pursuit ensued. The pursuit terminated in the area of Grand Avenue and Dyer Road due to a traffic collision. The driver fled on foot.

Officers arrested Jaramillo Llamas at the termination of the foot pursuit. Orange County Fire Authority paramedics transported Jaramillo Llamas to a local trauma center for medical treatment.

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone. Click here for resources to help you if you are suffering from domestic violence in Orange County. In an emergency you can call 911 or 211.

By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

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