Vancouver Father Who Fatally Stabbed His Child Receives a Life Sentence

A Vancouver man who abducted and murdered his 2-year-old daughter in retaliation for the dissolution of his marriage admitted on Wednesday that no apology could absolve him.

Gustavo E. Villalobos-Carranza said through a translator at his sentencing hearing –

β€œThere is no punishment that will repair the damage I have done.”

β€œI don’t deserve forgiveness.”

Judge Christopher Marshall of the Multnomah County Circuit Court sentenced 32-year-old Villalobos-Carranza to life in prison. In accordance with a plea agreement that reduced the murder charge to second-degree murder, he will be eligible for parole in 30 years.

Legislators in 2019 restricted aggravated murder, the only crime technically still punishable by death in Oregon, to a handful of categories, including the premeditated murder of a child.

Vancouver Man Sentenced to Life for Stabbing His Toddler
Vancouver Man Sentenced to Life for Stabbing His Toddler

Do you know that on Wednesday, June 28, Texas police posted a video taken from a body camera worn by one of their officers? It depicts the officer instructing children to fasten their seatbelts before pursuing and killing a mass shooter:

According to court documents, construction worker Villalobos-Carranza divorced his wife, Luisa Rodriguez, a few months before he abducted their daughter, Brianna Rodriguez, from her mother’s North Garrison Heights apartment in Vancouver at midnight on October 31, 2021.

A few hours later, investigators in Portland discovered the 2-year-old with her throat slashed. During the hearing, Luisa Rodriguez wept as she cradled her newborn in her arms.

She said –

β€œGustavo has left me without a piece of myself.”

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