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Life Sentence Upheld For Man Who Killed Dave Navarro’s Mother

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The man who murdered Dave Navarro‘s mother when the Jane’s Addiction guitarist was just 15 will remain in prison after his life sentence was upheld by a state appeals court in California, Billboard reports.

John Riccardi shot and killed Connie Hopkins Navarro and her friend Susan Marshall Jory at a West Los Angeles condominium in 1983. He spent nearly a decade on the run before being finally captured in 1991 based on a viewer tip after the case was featured on ‘America’s Most Wanted.’

Three years later, Riccardi was sentenced to death in the murders, though that verdict was set aside in 2012 over a trial issue in which the judge “erroneously excused a prospective juror during jury selection.” At that time, the then-76-year old Riccardi was one of the oldest people on California’s death row. Last year, he was re-sentenced to a life without parole.

Navarro, speaking to ‘America’s Most Wanted’ in 2004, said he was supposed to have visited his mother on the night of her murder but decided instead to stay at his dad’s house, likely saving his own life. “So, I really do believe that that’s some sort of divine intervention that I can’t explain,” he said.

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