A Californian who beat a former reality TV star to death with a hammer in 2016 was sentenced to 26 years in prison for life Monday, the Los Angeles County Attorney's Office said.
Jackie Jerome Rogers, 36, was convicted of the murder of Lisa Marie Naegle, a registered nurse who participated in the show E! "Bridalplasty" network in 2010.
The 36-year-old body was discovered in a shallow grave in the backyard of Rogers House in Lennox.
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Rogers and Naegle were in a relationship at the time of the murder, officials said.
Naegle's husband and sister reported the disappearance of the nurse in December 2016 after the 36-year-old woman went to a birthday party, but did not return home that evening. the. She was supposed to teach a class of nurse at West Los Angeles College – where Rogers was a student – the next day, but never showed up, KTLA said.
The authorities then arrested Rogers, who later confessed to having buried Naegle's body in his garden.
Rogers beat Naegle with a hammer at least eight times while they were sitting in his car on December 18, 2016, the prosecutor's office announced. He then brought her home, where he hit Naegle twice more with a hammer to "make sure she was dead" before covering her body with dirt and manure.
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Rogers threw Naegle's business and washed the blood of the hammer and the car to cover the murder, prosecutors said.
Naegle was a losing competitor of "Bridalplasty", where women compete for the marriage of their dreams and their plastic surgery.