Man who shot and set fire to woman sentenced to 50 years to life in prison

EL CAJON (KUSI) – The man who shot a woman and set her body on fire was sentence Tuesday to 50 years to life in state prison.

Jessie Lydell Mendoza, 30, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and a gun allegation in the March 8, 2014, death of Kimberly Hayes.

According to authorities, Hayes, 35, was shot and killed in El Cajon and her body was found the next day on Sequan Truck Trail.

Co-defendant Matthew Leroy Williams, 31, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and gun-use allegations and was sentenced in March to 21 years in state prison.

Two women, Lauren Rae Huett and Jennifer Stein, pleaded guilty to being accessories to the crime.

Authorities said the motive for the killing apparently stemmed from attempts by Hayes to gain custody of Stein’s and Mendoza’s newborn child, though it was unclear why Hayes, an emergency medical technician and former hospital worker, wanted the baby.

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