December 8, 2016

Geneva professor pleads guilty to manslaughter

SANTA ANA, CA-NOV. 19, 2013:  Dr. Jorge Mancillas, right, listens to his wife, and daughter, Arianna Mancillas, 4, hugs her mom, Norma Esparza, left, while speaking during a press conference outside the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013.  (Photo By Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

SANTA ANA, CA-NOV. 19, 2013: Dr. Jorge Mancillas, right, listens to his wife, and daughter, Arianna Mancillas, 4, hugs her mom, Norma Esparza, left, while speaking during a press conference outside the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. (Photo By Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Webster Geneva Professor Norma Patricia Esparza pled guilty to manslaughter on Sept. 12 in the killing of a man who she claims raped her in 1995.

Esparza pled guilty in Orange County in exchange for a six-year prison sentence, according to a CBS News article.

Up until she pled guilty, Esparza maintained her innocence in the killing of Gonzalo Ramirez, the man she said raped her in 1995. She was accused of helping plan the killing of Ramirez with her ex-boyfriend Gianni Anthony Van, Shannon Ray Gries and Kody Tran.

Esparza turned down a similar plea deal a year prior that would have sentenced to three years in prison, while still maintaining her innocence. She was arrested in Nov. 2013 after traveling to the U.S. and spent two months in jail before being released on bail. After rejecting the plea deal offered in 2013, she was taken back into custody.

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