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Man Who Hid Coworker's Body In Cement Gets 50 To Life In Prison

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The judge contends that the man didn't go looking for the victim (Photo by Jiri Hera via Shutterstock)
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A man who murdered a coworker and encased his body in cement was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison this week. Juan Alberto Galvez, 49, has been sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for shooting and killing his coworker, 38-year-old Guillermo Diaz, the L.A. Times reports. The two had worked together at a skylight business in the 12400 block of Los Nietos Road in Santa Fe Springs, and Galvez was upset that Diaz had laid him off a few months before the shooting, according to Whittier Daily News. On December 23, 2012, Galvez went to his former job and shot Diaz several times.

Galvez then tried to hide Diaz's body by burying it in cement beneath a shower he'd built inside a nearby business in the same industrial park as the skylight business.

Eight days after Diaz went missing, Galvez's brother-in-law went to police to tell them that Galvez had talked to him about the murder. Police broke apart the concrete, discovered Diaz's body and arrested Galvez later that day. Whittier Police Detective Kris Rios said that had the brother-in-law not gone to police, the body may never have been found.

At the sentencing, Judge John Torribio told Gavlez, "Two people lose their lives. The victim lost his and, Mr. Galvez, you lose yours."