PASADENA – An Alhambra man convicted of killing his
2-year-old foster daughter was sentenced today to a 25-year-to-life
prison term by a Pasadena judge who termed the case “one of the most
tragic” that she had seen.
Deputy District Attorney Franco Baratta said Superior Court Judge
Teri Schwartz denied probation to 35-year-old Armando Abundis Sr.,
citing the defendant’s “viciousness, cruelty and lack of caring.”
A jury in Judge Schwartz’s court convicted Abundis of assault on
a child under the age of 8 and causing death. The jury on Feb. 28
also convicted the defendant of involuntary manslaughter and child
abuse likely to cause great bodily injury or death. The jury
additionally found true the allegation that the abuse did cause
great bodily injury and death to little girl, identified only as
Abundis, who had been free on bail, was remanded into custody by
Judge Swartz after the jury’s verdicts.
Abundis and his wife, Frances, 38, were charged in October 2005
with killing the child. Authorities said Sarah was assaulted
sometime between Oct. 10, 2005, and Oct. 11, when she died. Frances
Abundis is the little girl’s aunt. She and her husband had been
foster parents since the child was 9 months old.
In November 2006, Frances Abundis pleaded no contest to being an
accessory to Sarah’s death in exchange for agreeing to testify
against her husband. Judge Schwartz scheduled her sentencing for
July 31. She is facing a 16-month state prison term.
Baratta prosecuted the case with Deputy District Attorney Louis
Parise of the Family Violence Division.