Ex-Con Who Murdered Young Homeless Mom Gets 100 to Life

An Escondido man convicted of the brutal, drug-fueled murder of a young mother was sentenced to 100 years to life in a Vista courtroom Wednesday.

Jeffrey Steven McCreary, 44, was found guilty in the 2012 shooting death of 20-year-old Morayama Rodriguez. Known as Denise to family and friends, Rodriguez was the mother of an 11-month-old girl.

According to San Diego sheriff's deputies, McCreary and Rodriguez had met only a week or two before the murder.

The two were apparently riding with another friend in a white Mercedes when McCreary pulled out a gun and shot Rodriguez to death in what deputies said appeared to be an unprovoked attack.

Rodriguez's body was found by a mountain biker lying face down alongside a secluded road near Lawrence Welk Resort in Escondido, according to authorities.

Deputies arrested McCreary three days later after a pursuit through Escondido.

He was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to 100 years to life in state prison.

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