A Southern California father pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder in the death of his 5-year-old son, whose body was found last month after a search lasting 70 days.
Aramazd Andressian Sr., 35, faces 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 23 for the killing of Aramazd Andressian Jr. Prosecutors contend the elder Andressian killed his son to get back at his estranged wife, Ana Estevez.
Andressian’s attorney, Ambrosio Rodriguez, said his client entered the guilty plea to avoid the death penalty. Rodriguez said his client confessed to killing his son and told detectives where to find the boy’s body, but would not say how or why he did it.
Andressian acted alone and his family is “as devastated as everyone else,” Rodriguez said outside Los Angeles County Superior Court in suburban Alhambra.
Rodriguez declined to comment on the theory that Andressian wanted to retaliate against his estranged wife, but said Aramazd Jr.’s death was “not planned.” (Read more from “California Man Pleads Guilty to Killing 5-Year-Old Son After Disneyland Trip” HERE)