SANTA ANA, Calif. — A California man who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the death of his mother will be sent to a state mental hospital instead of prison.

The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/2hAcKvY ) that a judge sentenced 32-year-old Marvin Horatio Cipullo to 15 years to life in a state mental hospital after he made the guilty plea on Tuesday.

Cipullo, who is diagnosed with schizophrenia, stabbed 57-year-old Rebeca Garcia in September 2010 in their Santa Ana home. When considering the sentence, the judge noted that Cipullo has hallucinations and delusions.

A parole board can consider Cipullo’s release from the hospital if he is determined to be sane. If that occurs before the 15-year minimum sentence ends, he will be sent to prison to finish the term.


Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

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