YUCCA VALLEY MAN FACES LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE IN FATAL BURNING OF EX-GIRLFRIEND

YUCCA VALLEY MAN FACES LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE IN FATAL BURNING OF EX-GIRLFRIEND

A Yucca Valley man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend in 2011 by setting her on fire will face life without parole, and not the death penalty, if he is convicted at trial. Last week, Deputy District Attorney Kent Williams announced at a preliminary hearing for Hector Meza, 41, that the state will no longer seek the death penalty for Meza and his four co-defendants. Meza is accused of setting Maria Banuelos, 34, on fire October 22, 2011, at her apartment complex in Ontario. Banuelos died two days later of her burns. Meza was arrested during a traffic stop in Perris a few hours after Banuelos was set on fire. Hector Meza is being held at the West Valley Detention Center on charges of murder, torture, arson, and aggravated mayhem, with his bail set at $10 million. Meza’s next appearance in court will be August 15.

2 comments to YUCCA VALLEY MAN FACES LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE IN FATAL BURNING OF EX-GIRLFRIEND

  • John

    Meza has a long history of abusing women. You can easily look up his court record in San
    Bernardino County.

    Good that the system took care of him before he really hurt someone?

  • Cam

    John, the system works great! My ex threatened to kill me multiple times. The judge denied my request for a restraining order because he went into hiding and I was unable to serve him. A few months later he told his new girlfriend he was going to kill her and grabbed a sawed off shotgun. He ended up blowing his own knee off. He went to the hospital, cops were called and they didn’t even cite him. He’s been arrested numerous times since then, with the latest one resulting in a 9 month jail sentence that he only served one week of before being released. His current status is fugitive.
    See? The justice system really does work! We just have to wait until someone is actually killed for them to do their job.

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