BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AiExpress) — He’s not going anywhere.
Jamie Osuna, the infamous murderer, made an appearance via Zoom on Wednesday for a resentencing hearing in Bakersfield. To his slight relief, his prison term was reduced by one year.
In 2020, the law regarding enhancements for prior prison terms was updated, requiring a resentencing for all defendants who had previously been sentenced with that enhancement. This change was necessary to ensure fairness and consistency in the judicial system.
The heavily tattooed Osuna remained silent during the short hearing before Judge Gloria J. Cannon. Judge Cannon noted that the killer had not made any “rehabilitative efforts” since being incarcerated.
Over a dozen friends and family members of Pena showed up for the hearing, with many of them donning shirts that displayed her picture and the phrase “In Memory and Justice.”
After the incident, Tanya Perez, a close friend of Pena’s, expressed that Osuna’s presence still lingers in their thoughts and memories.
She expressed her profound disgust at the mere sight of his face, knowing that it was the last image imprinted in Yvette’s memory.
Osuna was apprehended by the police five days afterwards when they surrounded the apartment where he was residing in west Bakersfield.
He pleaded guilty to all charges, including first-degree murder, in 2017.
During his sentencing hearing, he displayed a smirk while taunting Pena’s family, and even gestured a thumbs-up when he received a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
Following his sentencing, Osuna found himself at Corcoran State Prison in Kings County, where he was assigned a cellmate named Luis Romero, aged 44.
In the early hours of March 9, 2019, guards conducted a routine cell check and were met with a disturbing sight.
The prosecutor who initially handled the case in Kings County described it as the most horrifying murder he has ever encountered.
Osuna, who faced charges of murder and several other crimes, spent a period of time in a state hospital. During his stay, he received mental health services to address his condition. Eventually, he was deemed competent to stand trial.
He will return to Kings County Superior Court early next year, where a preliminary hearing is expected to be scheduled.