A convicted drug dealer was sentenced on Tuesday to 11 years in prison in the death of a Hollywood studio executive whose remains were found buried in the California desert more than two years after he disappeared in 2012.
John Lenzie Creech, 45, was convicted in July of involuntary manslaughter after a two-week jury trial in Los Angeles Superior Court. Prosecutors had sought a murder conviction.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephen Marcus imposed the maximum sentence for the manslaughter conviction, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
Marcus called Creech “a cold person” for killing Smith and then concealing the body, according to video of the hearing aired on CBS Los Angeles.
Creech’s public defender, Irene Nunez, did not immediately respond to a telephone message seeking comment
Prosecutors said during the trial that Creech attacked and killed Smith after finding his estranged wife in a car with the 57-year-old film distribution executive at 20th Century Fox.
As carried in reuters on 20.9.17