A Ventura County man has been sentenced to death for the brutal rape, and murder of an elderly Port Hueneme woman.
Ricardo Villa was convicted of first degree murder, and other related charges for the June, 1993 slaying of 87 year old Beatrice Bellis.
The Port Hueneme woman was sexually assaulted, and then stabbed more than two dozen times in her apartment. The Port Hueneme man had worked as a janitor in the senior apartments where Bellis lived. During the sentencing, the now 36 year old man denied killing Bellis.
However, prosecutors say DNA evidence linked him to the crimes.