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Laguna Woods man sentenced in mother's death

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

June 11, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Laguna Woods man has been sentenced to life in prison for the May 2005 murder of his 82-year-old mother, Helen Rosenfield.Ethan Rosenfeld, 52, was convicted of first degree murder in May, 2010. He had entered not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity pleas to the charges.

Prosecutors argued that the unemployed Rosenfeld, who had moved into his mother's Leisure World Home, strangled her and tried to use her credit cards. He claimed he found his mother dead, and that she had passed away in her sleep.

During his sentencing hearing Friday, the victim's daughter, Catherine Asher said, "I am left feeling angry, confused, numb, depressed and sick. She meant everything to me -- my best friend, my guidance, my emotional support. There is nothing else I can say except my heart has been broken."

She asked the court to give her brother the maximum sentence for his crime.