A Southern California man who killed his girlfriend with a hammer and buried her body in his backyard has been sentenced to 26 years to life in state prison.
A jury last year found Jackie Jerome Rogers of Lennox guilty of one count of first-degree murder in the death of 36-year-old Lisa Marie Naegle.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office says the 36-year-old Rogers was sentenced Monday.
Investigators said he beat Naegle at least eight times with a hammer as they sat in his car in December 2016. Officials say he took her back to his home and hit her again to make sure she was dead, before burying her body.
Naegle, a nurse who lived in the San Pedro area of Los Angeles, was a losing contestant on the show “Bridalplasty” in 2010. She competed for a dream wedding and plastic surgery.
She taught nursing classes at West Los Angeles College, and Rogers was one of her students, according to the Daily Breeze of Torrance.
Naegle had gone to a birthday party at the time at Alpine Village, a beer hall and restaurant in Torrance. Naegle’s husband, Derek Harryman, said he texted her around 2 a.m. to see where she was.
“Within a minute or two, she called me,” Harryman told the Daily Breeze. “She sounded really, really drunk. She said, ‘I’m going to get some food and then I’ll be home.’ ”
She never arrived and didn’t show up to teach.
Harryman and Naegle’s sister filed a missing person’s report and asked for help on social media in finding her.
The family said they obtained photos showing Naegle leaving the beer hall with Rogers and video that showed her getting into his sport utility vehicle.
“We went and we looked at the film and she left with him,” her brother, Rafael Chavez, told the newspaper. “He told everybody he left without her.”
“We begged and pleaded that he’d come to our home to kind of give us details on what time, where were things, and when he left her, but while he was talking to us and telling us his story, multiple different times he said he absolutely did not go home with her, or did not take her home,” Naegle’s sister, Danielle Naegle-Kaimona, told KABC-TV in Dec. 2016.
After being confronted with information that Naegle was seen getting into his car, Rogers altered his story to say that Naegle had gotten into his car but then got out moments later, the family said.
They then contacted police.