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Man gets life for Los Angeles murder-dismemberment

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LOS ANGELES — A Pennsylvania man will spend life in prison without any chance of parole for stabbing and dismembering a man in what authorities called a ritualistic killing at a Los Angeles hotel.

Edward Garcia Jr., 41, was sentenced Friday for first-degree murder with special allegations of robbery and torture.

Prosecutors said Garcia and his wife lured an acquaintance, 49-year-old Herbert White, to the downtown Continental Hotel in November 2010 and killed him while acting out a fantasy about carving up a human being.

White’s remains were found in a backpack and under a blood-stained mattress.

Garcia’s attorney acknowledged the killing but disputed that it was premeditated.

Garcia’s wife, Melissa Hope Garcia, is awaiting trial.

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