ROCKVILLE, Md. - A man described in Montgomery County court on Friday as a “ruthless, evil monster” was given the maximum sentence of life without parole for the 2014 murder of Oscar Navarro.
It was a murder so vile that the judge in the case said Mauricio Morales-Caceres should never walk the earth again. Morales-Caceres stabbed and slashed Navarro 89 times.
Circuit Judge Mary Beth McCormick told the 22-year-old that what he did in December of 2014 was ambush, torture and mutilate a man down on his own luck.
McCormick called it a cold hearted murder and that the gang member got what he deserved. Navarro was living in a home with no power and wearing three layers of clothing to stay warm, when a man he thought was a friend knocked on his door two days before Christmas in 2014.
What came next was a vile crime carried out by a gang member who wanted a trophy in return. A tattoo he would have etched on his leg.
The testimony in the case and the photos that went with it sickened many of the jurors who decided the case earlier this year. Not only was Navarro stabbed but, Morales-Caceres cut out his liver – thinking it was his heart – and laid it on his chest.
His estranged wife found him that way and called 911.