Salinas man sentenced to serve 30 years to life for murdering his parents

SALINAS, Calif. - A Salinas man has been sentenced to serve 30 years to life in prison for the murder of his mother and father.

26-year-old Ellin Escamilla was arrested for the murder of his mother, 65-year-old Amalia Escamilla and his father, 76-year-old Richard Escamilla.

Amalia and Richard Escamilla’s bodies were discovered by a family member on the afternoon of November 15, 2016. Officials say the couple was unrecognizable due to the extent of their injuries.

An autopsy revealed that Amalia and Richard Escamilla had died due to multiple blunt force trauma. Members of the family reported the couple’s son, Ellin Escamilla, had grown increasingly paranoid due to methamphetamine abuse.

The day after the murder, Ellin Escamilla was spotted in the City of El Centro, having driven over 500 miles away from the scene of his crime in his mother’s car. A man Ellin came across noticed that Ellin’s hands were badly cut to the point that the flesh was exposed and looked like “hamburger meat. “

On January 3, 2017, U.S. Marshalls were able to pinpoint Ellin’s location in Southern California and he was arrested. Ellin admitted to officers that his methamphetamine and alcohol use had created problems with his family and that he had argued with his Richard and Amalia Escamilla on the night of November 15, 2016.

On October 11, 2017, Ellin Escamilla pleaded guilty to two counts of murder.

Today, Judge Pamela L. Butler sentenced Ellin to serve 30 years to life in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for those murders.

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