Twenty-seven-year-old David Enrique Meza of Imperial Beach was sentenced in federal court to life in prison today (December 11th). He had fatally stabbed and nearly decapitated Texas retiree Jake Clyde Merendino on May 2, 2015, near Rosarito Beach. Judge Jeffrey T. Miller called the murder an "inhumane, depraved act."
Meza was living a double life. He met Merendino, then in his 50s, online, and they became involved in a romantic relationship. At the same time, Meza was also involved in a long-term relationship with Taylor Marie Langston, a Chula Vista High graduate who was pregnant with Meza's child at the time of the murder.
Merendino's death came two days after he closed escrow on a luxury condo in Rosarito. Meza produced a handwritten note that made him sole heir to Merendino's estate, including the new condo.