A California judge has condemned a convicted serial murderer known as the “Hollywood Ripper” to death.
According to a sentencing statement acquired by E! News, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler sentenced Michael Gargiulo, 45, called the “Hollywood Ripper,” to death in San Quentin State Prison on Friday for the murders of Maria Bruno, 32, and Ashley Ellerin, 22.
A California jury found Gargiulo guilty of the two murders in August 2019, and attempted murder of another woman, Michelle Murphy in 2008.
The case garnered national attention in part due to the fact that Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher dated Ellerin, a part-time dancer and fashion student whose corpse was discovered in February 2001. She had been stabbed to death in her house in the Hollywood Hills.
Kutcher said in May 2019 that the night before her roommate discovered her corpse, he went to her house to pick her up for a date to an after-Grammy party. The lights were turned on, according to Kutcher, but she did not answer the door. He glanced through a window and observed what he believed were red wine marks on the carpet before leaving, assuming she had already departed with a companion.
“Mr. Kutcher looked in the window and saw what he thought was spilled wine on the floor,” Prosecutor Dan Akemon told the jury two years ago. “We believe that was actually blood, and Ashley had already been murdered.”
Ellerin had also been stabbed 47 times, according to Akemon.
While Ellerin’s murder was being investigated, Gargiulo relocated to El Monte, California, where he stabbed Bruno to death in 2005.
With addition, he was accused separately in the 1993 slaying of Tricia Pacaccio, 18, in Illinois, and is presently awaiting trial in that case.
Gargiulo reportedly exploited his profession as an air-conditioning repairman to enter victims’ houses and is suspected of stalking young ladies living nearby for 15 years, according to authorities.