Teen Sentenced in Woman’s Death
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) _ A teen-ager who pleaded guilty to the slaying of a woman who was bludgeoned to death and then buried in a backyard planter will spend up to eight years in an institution for juvenile offenders.
Steven Eloy Telles, 17, pleaded guilty to the May 1984 death of Eugenia Flores Baker, 60, of Costa Mesa. Jury selection in his trial had been scheduled to begin this week before he changed his plea from innocent to guilty.
Superior Court Judge William Thomson sentenced him Wednesday to a term of 26 years to life, but agreed to send him to the California Youth Authority instead.
The CYA is required to release offenders before their 25th birthday.
Orange County Deputy District Attorney Michael Maguire said Telles may be paroled after serving about five years.