LANCASTER – A 49-year-old Lancaster man was sentenced Thursday to 15 years to life in state prison for strangling his elderly mother and trying to stuff her in an oven in late 2013.
Shelton Eugene Bradley received the sentence after pleading no contest June 17 to one count of second-degree murder in the killing of 73-year-old Rosie Manuel, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
On Dec. 19, 2013, Manuel was found naked and unresponsive on the kitchen floor of her Lancaster residence in the 44000 block of Beech Avenue, according to sheriff’s officials. Hours later, her youngest son was arrested and later charged with his mother’s murder.
At a preliminary court hearing last year, sheriff’s homicide detective Ray Lugo testified that Shelton Bradley confessed during a police interview to strangling his mother because he thought she was a witch and he was “an elite angel of God.”
According to Lugo, Bradley told detectives he choked his mother until she went limp, then removed her clothes and dragged her body from the bedroom to the kitchen, where he attempted to stuff the woman’s body into the oven to burn it.
Manuel’s other son discovered his mother’s body, propped against the open oven door with the oven tipped slightly over on top of her, according to court testimony.
Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Yulair Wang testified that Rosie Manuel died of strangulation.
Shelton Bradley’s criminal record includes prior convictions for grand theft, unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle, robbery and three drug-related offenses between 1992 and 2009, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
Bradley has been jailed since his 2013 arrest.
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