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Couple Convicted Of Murdering Woman In BDSM Fantasy Gets Life In Prison

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A couple convicted of murdering a 22-year-old woman as part of their BDSM fantasies have both been sentenced to life in prison.Former Marine Staff Sgt. Louis Perez, 49, and Dorothy Grace Maraglino, 40, were sentenced yesterday to life in prison without the possibility of parole by Judge Michael Kirkman. Jessica Lynn Lopez, 28, will be sentenced on January 15. The district attorney did not pursue the death penalty, the L.A. Times reports.

Prosecutors said that the killers were heavily involved in the BDSM lifestyle. Perez was in a dominant-submissive relationship with Maraglino, and Lopez acted as their slave. Brittany Kilgore, 22, was killed by Perez, Maraglino and Lopez in April of 2012. According to San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Patrick Espinoza, the three were acting out a fantasy using Kilgore. Espinoza said the trio murdered Kilgore "for their own sadistic pleasure."

At the sentencing, Perez said, "Those that know me, know that I have never raised my hand in anger at another soul. I have to apologize to all of the families that have had to suffer through these trials and tribulations. This is tragedy in the worst case."

Kilgore's 9-year-old brother had penned a statement that was read on his behalf in court, saying the last time he had seen his sister, she'd promised to help him beat a video game, NBC San Diego reports. "I love my sister and I miss her very much. I want her back. The people that hurt Brittany are bad and I hope they stay in prison forever," it read.

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Kilgore was acquaintances with Perez and Maraglino, but she was not a part of their relationship, nor was there any indication that she was involved with BDSM. She was in the process of divorcing her husband, a Camp Pendleton Marine who had been deployed to Afghanistan. She was preparing to move to Pennsylvania to live with her family on April 15, when Perez, also a Marine from Camp Pendleton, invited her on a dinner cruise on the evening of April 13. He told her that if she went, he'd help her move the following day. Kilgore texted Maraglino, who was pregnant at the time, asking if she was okay with her going to dinner with Perez. Maraglino said it was fine, because the ticket would go to waste otherwise.

Only 13 minutes after Kilgore left to go to dinner with Perez, she texted a friend "Help." The friend testified that Kilgore responded to her texts asking if she was okay, but that the texts seemed weird. She said that Kilgore also refused to call her back, simply texting back things about how the music at the party was too loud. Prosecutors said that Kilgore was strangled at Maraglino's Fallbrook home, where the three had a sex dungeon, and that it was her killers texting the friend. On April 17, Kilgore's nude body was found in a ditch in Riverside County, and showed evidence that someone had tried to dismember her.

The trio's conversations and other evidence of their BDSM lifestyle were a part of the trial, and several others involved in the lifestyle testified as well.

"We owe a great debt of gratitude to these individuals who basically exposed parts of their personal life to come forward and to offer testimony in hopes that ultimately justice could prevail," Espinoza said.