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Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 12/16/2010

Serial killer to be executed

By Tom Jackman
Washington Post editors

Serial killer Alfredo Prieto, convicted of three murders and suspected of six more, was given two death sentences Thursday morning by a Fairfax County judge.

Prieto, 45, was convicted of the rape and capital murder of Rachael A. Raver, 22, and the capital murder of Warren H. Fulton III, 22, in a vacant lot near Reston in December 1988. He also was convicted of the rape and capital murder of Yvette Woodruff, 15, in Ontario, Calif., in 1990, and has been on death row in California since 1992.

While in prison in California, Prieto's DNA was linked to the Raver-Fulton homicides, and also the rape and murder of Veronica "Tina" Jefferson, 24, in Arlington in May 1988.

A Fairfax jury in November imposed the death sentences on Prieto, and Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Randy I. Bellows said he saw no reason to reduce the sentences to life without parole.

"What you did to those two young people was vile and horrible and beyond the pale," the judge said. Prosecutors said Prieto shot both Raver and Fulton in the back, and then raped Raver as she bled to death.

As Prieto stood to be led out of the courtroom, Raver's mother, Veronica Raver, stood and yelled at him, "Hey Prieto, does your mother know you rape dying dead girls?" As her family restrained her, she added disgustedly, "Twenty two years of this crap."

Prieto did not respond.

Veronica Raver said she had rehearsed her brief comment and that it was not meant to be threatening, merely an honest expression of her feelings toward him.

Four of the jurors who heard the case returned to courtroom 4G to hear the sentence. Rob Shapiro of Centreville said he returned to show "empathy with the family, to show support. To let the [prosecution] team know how well they did. And for me, a little bit of closure, having struggled through such an experience."

Prieto is the first person to receive a death sentence in Fairfax since Mir Aimal Kasi in 1998, for a double murder outside CIA headquarters in Langley. He was executed in 2002.

Fairfax Commonwealth's Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh said he sought capital punishment for Prieto, even though he was already on death row in California, "because he'll never get the death penalty in California. He effectively has a life sentence. I think it was time to bring him to justice for his horrible crimes. I think he got just what he deserved."

In addition to his three murder convictions, Prieto is suspected but not charged in the killings of Jefferson in 1988 and Manuel Sermeno in Prince William in 1989, and the double slayings of Stacey Siegrist and Tony Gianuzzi, and Lula and Herbert Farley, in Riverside County, Calif., in 1990.

By Tom Jackman  | December 16, 2010; 12:17 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax, From the Courthouse, Homicide, Tom Jackman  
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Comments

Go sparky,go!

Posted by: 10bestfan | December 16, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I WOULD PRAY FOR HIS SOUL BUT I'M NOT SURE HE HAS ONE.

Posted by: skinfreak | December 16, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

My God, he is without a soul! Send him to hell!!

Posted by: peanut47 | December 16, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Two death sentences? Will it be lethal injection? I suppose then, in the immortal words of Mr. Focker...

"Double dose."

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | December 16, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

So Prieto, like master mass-murderer John Wayne Gacy of yesteryear, will 'spend' 10-to-15 years on death row. At $60,000 tax dollars per, before his appeals -- and ever-greedy lawyers -- run out.

Posted by: kinkysr | December 16, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I hope that sick SOB feels every electric charge! I'm sooo glad those families finally have closure.

Posted by: dcdivacb | December 16, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

How morbid how can some one rape a woman who is bleeding to death, man you are sick. I just feel sorry for the families of these women. Good work Fairfax

Posted by: Frank60 | December 16, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

WOOOOO HOOOOO!!!! WAY TO GO MRS. RAVER!!! Tina was my sister and we are ALL so happy to have this coming to an end!!

Posted by: prettybrwneyez | December 16, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

we are all greatfull that this monster now has an end because stacey siegrist was my niece that monster took her from us it has been 20 long years waiting for this moment to finally arrive .now he must pay and his family to will feel the pain inside that we have endured.

Posted by: pepsicool26 | December 17, 2010 5:42 AM | Report abuse

i hope he will die soon

Posted by: pepsicool26 | December 17, 2010 5:45 AM | Report abuse

way to go mrs raver he is a cold blooded devil

Posted by: pepsicool26 | December 17, 2010 6:09 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, Virginia, there *is* a Santy Claus! California long ago gave up on actually executing anyone on their death row. While they dicker about which chemicals will cause the least suffering to these murderers in their last moments, Virginia goes and gets the job done.

The mother had it right, "22 years of this crap" is too much. Take out the trash.

Posted by: jax75420 | December 19, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

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