A Fresno man was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2015 murder of a 21-year-old UCLA student whose body was found after a fire at her Westwood apartment, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
In May, Alberto Hinojosa Medina (dob 9/15/93) was found guilty of one count of first-degree murder and the special circumstance allegation of murder during a burglary was found to be true.
Medina also was convicted of one count of arson of an inhabited structure, two counts of first-degree burglary and one count of animal cruelty.
Deputy District Attorney Victor Avila of the Major Crimes Division prosecuted the case.
Medina burglarized an apartment in the 10900 block of Roebling Street on Sept. 21, 2015, and then entered a second apartment where he fatally stabbed Andrea DelVesco and set her apartment on fire before fleeing.
DelVesco’s body was found by firefighters inside her apartment. She was a fourth-year UCLA student from Austin, Texas, and a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.
In December 2017, Eric Marquez (dob 5/12/93) pleaded guilty to one count each of first-degree burglary and accessory after the fact. He was sentenced in June to two years and eight months in prison.
Case SA091348 was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division.