April 15, 2024
The Corridor of Justice in downtown San Diego. File photograph

A San Marcos man who beat his mom to dying with a hammer, then set himself on fireplace inside a automobile the place he’d hid her physique, was sentenced Wednesday to 31 years to life in state jail.

Sean Devin McCarthy, 32, pleaded responsible to first-degree homicide and housebreaking expenses within the June 8, 2021, slaying of 68-year-old Denise McCarthy.

Prosecutors say McCarthy broke into his mother and father’ house on El Toro Lane and attacked his mom after his father had left the house to go to work.

After killing the sufferer, he put her physique within the trunk of her automobile, drove to Escondido, then set himself on fireplace whereas nonetheless contained in the car, in response to the San Diego County District Legal professional’s Workplace.

Police and fireplace personnel discovered the automobile ablaze on Foothill View Place. McCarthy was rescued by fireplace personnel and brought to a hospital burn ward with severe accidents that the DA’s Workplace mentioned have left him completely disabled.

“It is a horrific case of homicide and elder abuse that impacts a complete household and the group by which the mother and father lived,” District Legal professional Summer time Stephan mentioned in an announcement. “When a life is taken by a member of the family, nothing could make the household complete once more, however at present’s sentence gives a measure of justice for the defendant.”

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.