Michel Escoto was sentenced to life imprisonment in May 2014 and is currently incarcerated.
He was accused of killing his wife, Wendy, just days after their marriage. His girlfriend said she helped him with it.
During his sentencing hearing, Escoto refused to say that he was the one who killed his wife.
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Michael, who is 50, was accused of killing his wife Wendy Trapaga in 2002 to get her $1 million life insurance policy.
He married Windy at Miami Beach City Hall, but no one else was there. The 28-year-old bride was so in love with her groom that she couldn’t wait to get married. On the other hand, it was not clear why Escoto wanted to marry her.
Likewise, Wendy didn’t see the dark side and married Michel as soon as she could. She had life insurance and her body was found four days after her marriage.
Many of Wendy’s family members also spoke in court. The victim’s mother, Myriam Benitez, chose to speak directly to Escoto.
She told Michel that he ruined her life by marrying her daughter and killing her.
Myriam added: “On Mother’s Day, many of you will get a lot of kisses from your children. I have to put flowers on my daughter’s grave. She had nothing to do with it.”
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Escoto is being held in a men’s prison called the Charlotte Correctional Institution in Punta Gorda, Florida. Trapaga’s family will likely spend the rest of his life there while mourning his untimely death.
Although Escoto did the wrong thing in 2002, he wasn’t caught until 2005. When Escoto sued Trapaga to get back a $1 million life insurance policy that Trapaga bought when the two were living together, authorities began to doubt his story.
During a 2005 trial, he gave different versions of what happened to get the life insurance claim. In doing so, he puts himself in the middle of the story.
Thefreelibrary.com says Michel has been in prison since May 2014 when he was sentenced to life in prison. He had previously been sent to prison for 30 days.
In 2014, Escoto went to trial on his own behalf and pleaded “not guilty” to first-degree murder. Yolanda Cerillo’s testimony helped the judge and jury figure out what would happen to Trapaga.
Accused of killing his wife Wendy Trapaga and a former girlfriend
In 2005, Michael and his ex-girlfriend Yolanda Cerrillo were arrested for causing Wendy’s death and killing her.
Myriam Benitez was the personal representative and heir to her daughter Wendy. She was also the one who fought to ensure Wendy’s death was just.
David C. Miller was the judge on the two-day murder trial. The jury deliberated in the same way for four hours. Likewise, the $44,000,000 case was filed on September 4, 2013 and the settlement was finalized in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court. Myriam Benitez and the Estate of Wendy Marie Trapaga, of which Yolanda Cerrillo was attorney, were the two people in the case.
Michel’s ex-girlfriend says they planned to kill Trapaga. Escoto attempted to drug Trapaga on their honeymoon by putting crushed Percocet in her drink and then drowning her in the bathtub while appearing to be an accident.
Trapaga didn’t trust the drink because it was cloudy, so that plan didn’t work out. A few days later, Escoto tried again to drown Trapaga in a hot tub at Miami’s Executive Airport Motel, but she fought him off. So he killed her with a tire lever outside a warehouse that night.