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Survivalist Who Killed 3 Gets 66 Years to Life

June 13, 1987|Associated Press

RIVERSIDE — A survivalist who wandered rural areas dressed in combat fatigues and living off wild game has been sentenced to 66 years to life in prison for the murders of three people.

"I am very sorry for what happened out there and I wish that it never happened," Danny Figueroa, 27, told Riverside Municipal Judge Janice McIntyre-Poe before he was sentenced Thursday.

But Leonard Webber, 62, the father of one of the victims, said he thought the sentence, arranged in a plea-bargain, was too lax. Figueroa will be eligible for parole when he is 71.

"I wish we could put this man out in the middle of the Mojave Desert, put honey on him and let the ants do justice," Webber said.

The gun-toting survivalist wandered a large rural area between Redlands and San Diego. The slayings occurred last spring and summer.

On May 13, 1986, Reynold W. Johnson, 52, of Aguanga, was found shot to death at a makeshift shooting range near his home.

The following May 29, Raymond Wallace Webber, 19, of Yucaipa was shot while sitting in his pickup truck at a work site near Banning. His brother found the body.

And on June 17, 1986, 72-year-old Mary Rose Lengerich of Redlands was killed while walking her dog near her home.

Riverside County Deputy Dist. Atty. Brian S. McCarville said prosecutors decided to allow Figueroa to plead guilty to three murders, attempted murder, kidnap, assault with a deadly weapon and burglary in exchange for dismissal of allegations that could have led to the death penalty.

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