Former fire captain sentenced for killing

LOS ANGELES - A former fire captain was sentenced last week to 15 years to life in state prison for the 2006 beating, strangling death of a woman at his Eagle Rock home.David Del Toro, 55, was sentenced by Judge Lance Ito. Del Toro was convicted on March 17 of the second-degree murder of Jennifer Teresa Flores, 42. Her body was discovered at about 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 16, 2006 in the 5200 block of Loleta Avenue in Los Angeles. Del Toro broke the victim's nose, jaw and ribs before killing her and dumping her body about a mile from his Eagle Rock home, prosecutors said. LAPD officers found tire marks that lead from Flores' body to Del Toro's driveway in the 5100 block of Vincent Avenue. Blood was found in Del Toro's Toyota Tundra truck parked at his house. At the time of the murder, Del Toro was a 23-year veteran of the Los Angeles City Fire Department.

********** Published: December 29, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 37