Fresno Man Gets Life for 2020 A.G. Murder

Written by Estero Bay News

January 19, 2024

Kayonie Eliaz Mendibles

A Fresno man has been sentenced to life in prison for the “senseless” 2020 murder of an Arroyo Grande woman, the District Attorney’s Office announced last week.

D.A. Dan Dow’s office said the convicted murderer, Kayonie Eliaz Mendibles, 21 of Fresno, was given 25-years to life in State Prison after confessing to murdering Marion Jeanine Vore on Nov. 27, 2020 at a rural residence outside Arroyo Grande. Mendibles had pled guilty to the first-degree murder charge back in October and knew what his fate would be.

“On Oct. 30, 2023, “ the news release said, “Mendibles pleaded guilty to first degree murder knowing that he would receive a 25-years to life sentence.”

Assistant District Attorney Eric J. Dobroth, who is leading the D.A.’s Office while Dow is on military deployment in the Middle East, said, “While we cannot comprehend the incredible grief and outrage resulting from the senseless murder of Marion, we sincerely hope that completion of the criminal case provides some closure for the Vore Family and friends.”

In the charging document released by the D.A.’s Office, Mendibles is charged with “willfully, deliberately and with premeditation” murdering Vore, and use of a “deadly weapon — a belt. He did so while robbing and kidnapping her, according to the document, charges that were listed as enhancements on the first degree murder charge.

The case was investigated by the SLO County Sheriff’s Office and the prosecutor was Dep. D.A. Julie Antos.

Dobroth added, “ We are grateful for the thorough work of Sheriff’s Detective Greg Smith and his team in gathering the evidence necessary to hold Mr. Mendibles accountable.”

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