RIVERSIDE, Calif. (PIX11) – A Southern California woman was sentenced Monday to 26 years to life in prison for stabbing her boyfriend to death, dismembering his body and carting around his remains in a trash can.
Carmen Montelongo, 54, of Riverside, was convicted in August of stabbing her longtime boyfriend twice in the chest and 22 times in the back in his Diamond Bar home. A jury took three days to hand down their guilty verdict, according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.
She ripped up the carpet and removed tiles to hide the evidence of her “heinous” crime,” then carved up his lifeless body and scattering its parts in two cities, the San Bernardino County DA said.
Montelongo was arrested in 2011 after she was spotted pushing a trash can down a residential street. That trash can contained the remains of her slain boyfriend, 62-year-old Samuel Wiggins, who disappeared some five weeks prior, prosecutors said.
Wiggins’ family reported him missing and investigators turned their attention his longtime girlfriend.
Prosecutors said Montelongo tried to stall detectives by saying she had been in regular contact with the victim.
She took that time to dismember Wiggins’ body, dumping his head and arms in potted plants in Bell Gardens and tossing his legs and torso about 40 miles away in Ontario where she was ultimately arrested.
In the weeks before her arrest, Montelongo was living in the victim’s home and using his accounts, prosecutors said.