A West Covina man was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Wednesday after he was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his wife.
Tomas Rodriguez Infante, 62, was convicted of killing his wife Charlito Tolentino, 57, in January 2013.
According to prosecutors, Infante was having an affair at the time of the killing. When Infante's girlfriend found out he was married, she broke up with him, Deputy District Attorney Miriam Avalos said.
Tolentino went missing a day after the breakup. Her body was found two days later in the trunk of the family’s SUV, which was parked outside the Hawaiian Gardens Casino.
The victim was stabbed and beaten to death, according to the LA County District Attorney’s Office.
Infante had initially told West Covina Police that his wife was missing and said that she did not return home from work. The day after he reported Tolentino missing, deputies found her body.
Surveillance video at the casino, cell phone records and blood evidence at the home connected Infante to the crime, the LA County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement. Infante's son also testified in court and said that his father told him he killed Tolentino.
Infante was also ordered to pay restitution to Tolentino's sister for funeral costs of nearly $12,000. He was also ordered to pay $5,000 to the Victim Assistance Program.