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Ventura County Man Sentenced To Life In Prison Without Possibility Of Parole For 2013 Killing

A Ventura County man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for kidnapping one woman, and murdering a second.

It started in July of 2013, when Andres Rodriguez and Melissa Salazar were robbed. Prosecutors say they kidnapped a woman that knew who robbed them, with the woman directing them to a Santa Paula home. After a confrontation, a man who was in the home fled, but Rodriguez shot, and fatally wounded Angela Bryant. Rodriguez and Salazar initially fled to Mexico, but were arrested a few months later.

Rodriguez pled guilty to first degree murder and kidnapping, as well as using a gun in commission of the crimes. Salazar had already pled guilty to kidnapping and other charges, and received a 20 year sentence.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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