Dou­ble-killer’s ex-fi­ancee sen­tenced for ly­ing to po­lice

Imperial Valley Press - - LOCAL&REGION -

The ex-fi­ancée of a South­ern Cal­i­for­nia man who’s on death row for a bizarre dou­ble-mur­der has been sen­tenced to two years and eight months in jail for ly­ing to po­lice.

Rachel Buf­fett was sen­tenced Thurs­day for be­ing an ac­ces­sory af­ter the fact. Pros­e­cu­tors say she lied to po­lice while try­ing to pro­tect Daniel Patrick Woz­niak.

In 2010, a week be­fore the cou­ple were sup­posed to wed, au­thor­i­ties say Woz­niak killed and dis­mem­bered 26-year-old Sa­muel Herr of Costa Mesa.

Pros­e­cu­tors say Woz­niak wanted Herr’s money to pay for the wed­ding and hon­ey­moon.

Au­thor­i­ties say Woz­niak also shot Herr’s friend, 23-year-old Julie Kibuishi, then tried to frame the dead man for her mur­der by mak­ing it seem Herr had killed her and van­ished.

Woz­niak was sen­tenced to death in 2016.

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