Silvia “Kelly” Vaca Abacay was tragically killed due to a case of confused identities. She was misidentified as the ex-girlfriend of the assailant, Montano, while staying at a friend’s apartment, leading to a brutal assault and subsequent attempt at concealment.
A jury has found Richard Montano guilty of first-degree murder and arson for stabbing and setting fire to a woman.
Montano mistakenly believed that the victim, Silvia “Kelly” Vaca Abacay, was his eight-year ex-girlfriend with whom he had recently broken up.
The incident occurred when Montano broke into Abacay’s apartment with the intent to kill his ex-girlfriend.
Multiple times before, Montano had entered the apartment without his ex-girlfriend’s knowledge.
Blood spatter in the apartment and the severity of Abacay’s injuries were described as particularly disturbing.
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