Senior Staff Writer
Aramazd Andressian Sr. pled guilty to the murder of his five-year-old son the Alhambra Courthouse on Tuesday, August 1.
Aramazd Andressian Jr. was reported missing by his mother, Ana Estevez, when Andressian Sr. did not return his son in a custody exchange last April. His body was found in Santa Barbara County after a two-month search.
Andressian Sr. initially pled ‘not guilty’ during a separate hearing in July; reasoning for the change of plea is unclear.
According to his criminal defense attorney, no agreement was discussed between the District Attorney and defense attorney regarding his guilty plea.
“Today, Mr. Andressian took responsibility for what he did,” Andressian Sr.’s defense attorney Ambrosio Rodriguez said, “This [death] was not planned.”
Lt. Joe Mendoza of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau alleged that Andressian Sr. planned the murder as means to get back at estranged wife Ana Estevez amid their “tumultuous” divorce.
“The evidence clearly supports the fact that [the murder] was planned, that it was premeditated,” Deputy District Attorney Craig Hum said speaking to reporters. “It was deliberate, he had this in mind before he actually committed the murder,”
Andressian Sr. is s scheduled to appear for his formal sentencing of 25 years to life on August 23rd.