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Woman sentenced in boyfriend murder

City News Service | 7/13/2018, midnight

An Antelope Valley woman convicted of her married boyfriend’s shooting death has been sentenced to 26 years to life in state prison.

Ana Rosenda Mancio, also known as Ana Delgado, 43, of Littlerock, was convicted June 5 of first-degree murder for the April 28, 2015, killing of Miguel Romero, 46.

Romero was shot five times in the head and once in the wrist while delivering rolls of corn for animals in Littlerock, according to Deputy District Attorney Scott Yang, who called it a “vicious murder.’’

The victim’s wife had confronted Mancio and Mancio’s husband about the defendant’s affair with the victim three days before the killing, but the motive for the shooting was not clear, the prosecutor said.

Cellular telephone records indicate that Mancio’s phone was in the vicinity of the killing around the time of the crime, and a witness said she saw someone resembling Mancio in a vehicle near the scene of the shooting about 30 minutes before hearing the gunshots, Yang said.

Romero was found dead inside his Nissan truck by his wife, who had looked up the Littlerock delivery location for the victim hours earlier, according to Yang. She went to look for him after he failed to respond to phone calls and text messages, the prosecutor said.

Mancio subsequently fled the country through Mexico to Guatemala by claiming a family emergency, according to evidence presented in court.

She returned to the United States six months later through Florida, and was arrested in Orlando in July 2017 on a warrant charging her with Romero’s murder after trying to buy a gun that was believed to have been the same model used in Romero’s killing, Yang said.