WESTWOOD—Alberto Hinojosa Medina, 25, was sentenced to life in prison on Friday, September 21 for his role in the stabbing death of UCLA student Andrea DelVesco. DelVesco was a senior at UCLA, originally from Austin, Texas and a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.S he was an undergraduate at the school studying psychology and Spanish. Her sorority coined her the nickname ‘Andy.’
On September 21, 2015, after burglarizing an apartment in the 10900 block of Roebling Street, Medina infiltrated DelVesco’s apartment. Once inside, he stabbed DelVesco and set the apartment on fire before fleeing the scene. DelVesco’s body was found by firefighters inside her apartment.
Medina was assisted in the crime by Eric Marquez, 25. In December 2017, Marquez pleaded guilty to one count each of first-degree burglary and accessory after the fact. He is currently serving a 2 year and 8 month sentence for his role in the crime. He was sentenced in June 2018.
According to reports, Marquez and Medina were high school friends. Investigators examined forensic evidence and witness’s statements which linked both suspects to the crime. Marquez was a fifth-year undergraduate biology student at the university.
DelVesco pled not guilty to charges of trying to sell drugs that included possession of psilocybin, methamphetamines, LSD and MDMA on July 8, 2015. She was arrested on June 10, 2015. No link has been established to the criminal case. DelVesco was set to appear in court on September 25, 2015, several days before her body was found in her apartment.
Medina 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. He was convicted of one count of arson of an inhabited structure, two counts of first-degree burglary and one count of animal cruelty.
Written By Madison McKesson and Casey Jacobs