Ex-California attorney sentenced for killing wife on cruise

Posted at 10:51 AM, Sep 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-19 10:51:53-04

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former Southern California lawyer was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for strangling his ex-wife and throwing her body off a cruise ship in the Mediterranean in 2006.

Lonnie Loren Kocontes was sentenced Friday after being convicted in June of first-degree murder with a special circumstance enhancement of murder for financial gain.

Prosecutors said Kocontes killed Micki Kanesaki in order to inherit more than $1 million.

The cruise from Spain to Italy began on May 21, 2006, and Kanesaki was last seen alive the night of May 25.

Her body was found floating off the coast of Paola, Italy, two days later.