El Cajon man sentenced 50 years for murder

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An El Cajon man who confessed to shooting a woman and later setting her body on fire was sentenced to 50 years to life in state prison.

Jessi Lydell Mendoza, 30, is the last person to be sentenced for the March 8, 2014, murder of Kimberly Hayes, 35, whose body was found burning on a dirt road in Alpine.

El Cajon Superior Court Judge Daniel Goldstein ordered Mendoza to pay $822.72 to cover the costs of Hayes’ cremation and fined him $10,000.

An El Cajon man who confessed to shooting a woman and later setting her body on fire was sentenced to 50 years to life in state prison.

Jessi Lydell Mendoza, 30, is the last person to be sentenced for the March 8, 2014, murder of Kimberly Hayes, 35, whose body was found burning on a dirt road in Alpine.

El Cajon Superior Court Judge Daniel Goldstein ordered Mendoza to pay $822.72 to cover the costs of Hayes’ cremation and fined him $10,000.

Mendoza pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. Goldstein ordered a sentence of 25 years to life for murder, and a consecutive term of 25 years for using a gun in a homicide.

Goldstein sentenced Matthew Leroy Williams, 31, present when Hayes was killed, to 21 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in which a firearm was used.

Mendoza’s girlfriend, Jennifer Lyn Stein, 33, pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact and sentenced to two years in jail. Lauren Rae Huett, 34, pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact and she received credit for time already served with three years probation.

Hayes was shot three times in her sleep while Williams was running a vacuum cleaner at the time to soften the gunshot noise. The role of both Stein and Huett, both of El Cajon, was to clean up the scene after the fact.

Spring Valley man pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter of roommate

Michael Dean Mifflin, 59, of Spring Valley, pleaded guilty May 28 to voluntary manslaughter and mayhem in the death of Mary Watson, his roommate.

Mifflin faces a maximum term of 16 years and four months in prison. El Cajon Superior Court Judge Patricia Cookson set sentencing for Aug. 11.

Sheriff’s deputies found Watson dead in a room at 610 Parkbrook Street in Spring Valley at 6:45 p.m. on Aug. 12, 2014. She was stabbed and also beaten with a bat. Mifflin admitted using those weapons that add to the sentence. A murder charge was dismissed.

Arsonist sentenced and fined

Bradley Jonathan Bach, 59, of La Mesa, was sentenced to 372 days in jail and fined $1,374 for arson of a home where he once lived.

Bach pleaded guilty to burning a residential structure at 6766 Rolando Knolls Dr. in La Mesa on Oct. 24, 2014. El Cajon Superior Court Judge Daniel Goldstein gave him credit for time served and he was released on three years probation.

A restitution hearing was set for June 17 to determine if he should pay any money to victims. The estimated damages were $260,000 and Heartland Fire & Rescue crews put out the fire from La Mesa and Lemon Grove. Bach was also ordered to pay $1,433 in probation costs.

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