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QUESTION: Somewhere between 1982 and 1986 a man named Adrian Ybarra was renting a room from an elderly woman, whom he killed. Whatever happened to him?
Submitted by: Wondering, Sacramento
ANSWER: Adrian Ybarra was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison for the 1985 hammer-beating death of his 62-year-old landlady, Adelaide Miller.
According to stories in The Bee, a friend of Miller's told police that she became suspicious when Miller did not phone her for a month and a half. The friend said that during their last conversation, Miller had told her about a confrontation with Ybarra concerning money that Miller had loaned him.
On June 4, 1985, police contacted Ybarra and had him take them to Miller's east Sacramento residence. Ybarra led them to a locked garage where Miller's decomposed body was found wrapped in a rug and enclosed in a plywood box.
Ybarra pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. He said Miller came at him with scissors and he hit her with his utility belt.
Now 57 years old, Ybarra is in California State Prison, Solano in Vacaville.
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