A former paralegal convicted of killing and then dismembering a gang member who walked into his Fresno apartment in 2008 screamed, shouted expletives and laughed out loud Thursday as a judge sentenced him to 28 years to life in prison.
In a tightly guarded Fresno County Superior Courtroom, Brian Waldron, 55, essentially went ballistic during his sentencing hearing, telling his attorneys they did a lousy job and interrupting the judge throughout the proceeding, the Fresno Bee reported.
Waldron had insisted that he killed 21-year-old Jonathan Taylor in self-defense after the gang member walked into his apartment drunk on Oct. 24, 2008, and refused to leave. But a jury disagreed, convicting him of first-degree murder and mutilation of a corpse, according to the Bee.
But prosecutors told jurors that Waldron locked his front door right before he used a metal pipe to fatally strike Taylor with such force that his ceiling was splattered with blood. Waldron then dragged Taylor's body to a bathtub, where he used a tree saw to
Prosecutors also noted that Waldron used charcoal on the remains to mask their smell before buring them in a shallow grave near a reservoir.
Lambe, one of the defense attorneys, told the Bee afterward that the sentencing was a sad ending for a man who had succumbed to mental illness.