Paradise man sentenced for second-degree murder

The man who pleaded guilty to strangling 52-year-old Paradise resident Lisa Marie Madrid to death in Butte County and dumping her body in Colusa County was sentenced in the Colusa County Superior Court on Dec. 6.

Daniel Albert Robleto, 54, also of Paradise, was handed down a sentence of 15 years to life for the murder of Madrid. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Oct. 19.

“It was (a well investigated case),” said Colusa County District Attorney Matthew Beauchamp. “I know the Sheriff’s Office did a great job, and obviously our office assisted the sheriff in investigating it.”

Robleto was arrested at 2 PM on June 30, the day after a farm worker discovered Madrid’s body off of Harbison Road, about one mile west of Highway 45, in Colusa County. The Colusa County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and responded to the scene at about 7:22 AM on June 29. Detectives learned that Madrid had worked in Paradise and subsequently obtained video surveillance of Madrid and a then unknown male. Detectives from the Colusa County Sheriff’s contacted the Paradise Police Department, whose officers were able to identify the male in the video as Robleto.

Paradise Police officers and Colusa County Sheriff’s Detectives responded to a known residence of Robleto, found what appeared to be a crime scene, and evidence was located that connected Madrid to the residence and Robleto.

Robleto was arrested during a traffic stop in Lake County the following day, when the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office said he was driving a vehicle belonging to Madrid. Robleto had previously lived in Clearlake, where he had a history of run-ins with police.

The District Attorney’s office filed a first amended complaint with the charge of second-degree murder on Oct. 19. In a statement read into the court record that day, Colusa County District Attorney Matthew Beauchamp said that, if called to do so, his department would produce physical and testimonial evidence, including the testimony of a forensic pathologist, that on or about June 29, Robleto personally committed an act of strangulation upon Madrid, and “by committing the said act of strangulation did unlawfully and with malice aforethought murder Lisa Marie Madrid by asphyxiation” and then left Madrid’s body on Harbison Road.

Madrid’s mother, Mary Garlinger, gave a statement at the sentencing, asking why her daughter deserved to be killed, and why Robleto dumped her on the side of the road like an animal.

Brian Pearson
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