A former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was sentenced Wednesday to 17 1/2 years to life in state prison for fatally stabbing his wife while their three young children slept in their San Fernando home last year.
Jorge Casas, 39, pleaded no contest April 30 to one count of second-degree murder and admitted a knife use allegation involving the January 2017 killing of his wife, Deseret Favila, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The 33-year-old woman was stabbed multiple times in the neck while she was in their bed, according to Deputy District Attorney Cathy Lee.
Casas also pleaded no contest to three counts of child abuse involving the couple’s three children, whom Casas woke up about 2 a.m. on Jan. 19, 2017, and took to his mother’s home behind the residence in the 1000 block of Griswold Avenue. The children — who were 4, 7 and 8 at the time — noticed blood on their father’s hands, according to the prosecutor.
Casas was arrested that day by San Fernando police and has remained behind bars since then, jail records show.
He had served two years as a sheriff’s deputy before resigning for personal reasons in 2006, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.