'Hollywood Ripper' Michael Gargiulo gets death penalty for murders of women, including Ashton Kutcher's ex-girlfriend
American Media Inc.
October 18, 2019
October 18, 2019 5:39 PM EDT
“Hollywood Ripper” Michael Gargiulo was sentenced to death after being found guilty of the murders of Ashton Kutcher’s former girlfriend and a mom-of-four.
A Los Angeles jury delivered their death penalty decision on Friday, Oct, 18.
The prosecutor had asked for the death penalty, arguing that Gargiulo “has led a life of crime and violence that has left a swath of death, grief and destruction behind him.”
Gargiulo was found guilty of the 2005 murder of Maria Bruno, 32, and the 2001 murder of Ashley Ellerin, 22, who had a date with Kutcher the night she was slaughtered in her Hollywood home.
In this May 2, 2019, file photo, images of Tricia, Pacaccio, Ashley Ellerin, Maria Bruno and Michelle Murphy are shown as Michael Gargiulo appears in court for opening statements in his murder trial in Los Angeles. Al Seib - Pool / Getty Images
Evidence was presented showing Gargiulo stabbed Ellerin with a knife 47 times, so viciously that her head was nearly severed from her body.
Kutcher took the stand during the trial, testifying that when he went to her house to meet her, she didn’t answer the door, so he looked through the window and noticed what he thought were red wine stains on the carpet.
Thinking that she had left without him, he returned home. He didn’t learn of her death until the next day.
Gargiulo was also found guilty of attempting to kill Michelle Murphy in 2008. He is still awaiting trial in Illinois for the 1993 slaying of 18-year-old Tricia Pacaccio, who was his friend’s sister.