Florida Man Gets Prison for Killing Boyfriend, Leaves Behind Girlfriend/Cousin, Wife, Kids
Juan Carlos Atenco-Camacho pleaded guilty to killing his transvestite boyfriend this week, which means he'll have to spend some time away from his wife and their kid, as well as his girlfriend/cousin, whom he's been sleeping with since she was 14, and the child he had with her.
Camacho, a 25-year-old former resident of Lake Worth, pleaded guilty this week to manslaughter with a deadly weapon and received a 15-year prison sentence in the stabbing death of 33-year-old Naum Rafael Mendez back in 2008 -- whose body was never found by the cops.
According to a probable-cause affidavit, the case into Mendez's disappearance was reopened by the Boca Raton cops in 2010.
Camacho had told the cops shortly after Mendez's disappearance in 2008 that he had hung out with Mendez a couple of times but told Mendez he didn't like men and wouldn't leave his wife and 10-month-old son -- but he did have sex with him once.
The case was closed after Camacho gave the cops his alibi -- he was at the trailer of his 16-year-old girlfriend/cousin that night, whom he's been sleeping with since the girl was 14 and had a 7-month-old child with.
When the case was reopened, the cops got Camacho's phone records, which revealed he actually had made "numerous" calls to Mendez and had never tried calling him after he was seen last, according to the report.
Camacho was arrested in July 2010 for habitual traffic offenses and driving on a suspended license, so Boca Raton police decided to ask him about Mendez again.
Camacho changed his story a few times but eventually confessed to having a sexual relationship with Mendez. Mendez kept trying to convince Camacho to leave his wife and kid, but he wouldn't do it.
Police say Mendez then wouldn't get out of Camacho's car during this conversation, so Camacho drove to his new trailer, ran out, and locked himself inside.
Mendez managed to crawl in through a window and tried to wrestle him to the ground -- before Camacho found a six-inch fillet knife and stabbed him. Then stabbed him six more times in the gut as Mendez threatened to kill Camacho's wife and kid.
Camacho told the cops he then dumped Mendez's body on the side of PGA Boulevard, although his body was never found.
Camacho pleaded guilty Wednesday to the manslaughter charge and was sentenced to 15 years in prison -- half the maximum sentence.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss New Times Broward-Palm Beach's biggest stories.