Parole Block for the murderer of Lorraine Ortega
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Lorraine Ortega was a loving mother, daughter, sister, tia & friend. She was the life of the party, she was the party. She had this big beautiful smile that warmed your heart. Her hugs made you feel whole. Lorraine was the friend everyone could count on. When her cousin was in a awful car accident, she was right by his side & somehow she managed to help set up a car wash fundraiser for him to help. Lorraine had a big heart. She loved her family so much. Lorraine’s son was shy of turning 3 before his mother was murdered.
On February 6, 1993, Jose Gomez entered the apartment of Lorraine with his common law wife, Cynthia. Jose tied Lorraine up with a phone cord and began to beat her, he then put her in a chokehold. When his actions had not killed her, Jose put her in the bathroom and stabbed both sides of her neck including the jugular vein letting her bleed to death in the tub. Waiting until she died, Jose & Cynthia carried her into the living room placing her badly beaten body on the love seat. He then tried to destroy evidence by placing aerosol cans into the microwave, puncturing a gas line in an attempt to blow up the apartment, & starting a fire on the stove but was unsuccessful.
Jose continued to live his life for almost two years before he was arrested. During that time Jose & Cynthia would harass Lorraines family by calling in the middle of the night, at all hours, laughing at Lorraines sisters & mother in public, tormenting the family.
Jose Gomez was convicted of second degree murder and was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. He will have served only 23 years when he is considered for parole.
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