Tuesday, April 24, 2018|3:49 p.m.
SALINAS, Calif.– A jury in Northern California convicted a 20-year-old male of torturing, starving and beating two children whose bodies were found in a storage system.
The jury on Monday discovered Gonzalo Curiel guilty in the 2015 killings of a 7-year-old young boy and his 3-year-old sibling. They likewise convicted him of abusing their older sister in their Salinas house, KSBW-TV reported.
Curiel’s former girlfriend and the children’s relative, Tami Huntsman, 42, pleaded guilty in February to two counts of murder. Huntsman had agreed to care for the 3 kids after their mother was killed in a vehicle accident and their daddy– who relates to Huntsman– was sent to prison.
An officer found the oldest child, then 9, with bruises and a damaged collarbone in the rear seat of a locked SUV in December 2015. Officials later situated the small bodies of her brother or sisters in plastic containers inside a storage unit in Redding, about 300 miles (483 kilometers) north of Salinas.
The kid informed detectives that Huntsman and Curiel eliminated her younger brother or sisters on Thanksgiving after she was caught stealing a bagel. The girl, now 12, was the primary witness in Curiel’s trial.
She told jurors she and her brother or sisters were stripped naked, sprayed down with cold water, beaten with a shower head, and locked in a tiny restroom for extended amount of times as penalty.
Curiel was a “sadistic” person who “taken pleasure in controlling and injuring children,” Monterey County Assistant District Lawyer Steve Somers said.
Curiel was a minor when the killings happened. He was attempted as an adult, but district attorneys were unable to look for the capital punishment under California law. He and Huntsman were scheduled to be sentenced next week.