Police began looking into her estranged husband, 49-year-old Juan Rivera. They located Rivera the next morning at his home in Rochester.
Once police arrived at the residence, Rivera started a fire in the basement that spread throughout the house. He then climbed out the basement window and was arrested.
The Rochester Fire Department was able to put out the fire, but they weren’t able to save 10 dogs, a rabbit and a ferret that were inside.
Assistant District Attorney Patrick Gallagher said, “Mirabel Diaz was beginning to gain her independence from a controlling and toxic marriage before Juan Rivera took her life. The defendant stabbed and killed a woman he claimed to love, before abandoning her body,” WHEC reported.
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He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 18.
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