The series “Deadly Women: Cling ‘Til Death” on Investigation Discovery centers on Vegas Bray, a former California Navy mechanic who developed an obsession with her ex-boyfriend Victor Saucedo. Vegas pursued him after he broke up with her and damaged his property until he began to fear for his safety. When Vegas killed him in October 2012, his nightmares came true.
The investigating process that resulted in the police apprehending her is followed throughout the episode. We’ve got your back if you want to learn more about this case. Who is this Vegas Bray, then? Let’s investigate.
Who is Vegas Bray?
Vegas Batallya Bray was raised in San Diego, California, where she was born in 1988. She was a talented student who was also charming and well-mannered. She came from a shattered home and had no father in her childhood, but she never allowed those issues show in her grades; all the way through high school, she had straight As. She was hired by the Army as a mechanic for the Navy after graduating. She met Victor C. Saucedo, a fellow Navy sailor who was on a destroyer ship in Southern California, there, and a brief romance developed between them.
They began dating in March 2011 after discovering that they shared a dark sense of humor. However, there were obstacles in their relationship because an envious Vegas could not even permit Victor to speak with his ex-girlfriend, the mother of his child. By 2012, both of them had left the Navy; Victor enrolled in a nearby college to support his son, and Vegas started working as a cocktail server in a nightclub. By that time, Victor had cut off his relationship with Vegas, unfriended her on Facebook, and stopped returning her calls.
For the next 10 months or so, the ex-lovers kept in touch on occasion even after their breakup. Vegas “snapped” here, according to the prosecutors and witnesses. She began following Victor and began stalking him, cutting the tires off of his car, smashing bottles through the glass, putting peanut butter on his front door, and other acts of vandalism. Victor had repeatedly denounced them to the police, but no one was ever indicted or detained.
Vegas stated that Victor was making efforts to make amends and had even arranged to rent an apartment with her in his California complex a week before to the murder. The police later discovered disturbing memos and a list of things she wanted to do on her devices, including buying guns and killing Victor and abusing him repeatedly. Vegas dropped by his residence on October 15, 2012, and they both enjoyed drinks. Vegas wanted to eat breakfast the next morning after they had sex. The final straw for her was when Victor declined.
She apparently spent the morning at the DMV with her brother, Santiago, since she felt ashamed. On October 16, 2012, at around 3 p.m., Victor’s neighbors claim to have seen her enter his apartment and then heard a barrage of bullets. Victor was killed after being shot nine times with a gun and hollow-point ammo by the woman before she herself dialed 911.
Where is Vegas Bray Today?
Vegas was arrested and interrogated, but she insisted that she had lost consciousness and was unaware of what had happened. She had experienced sexual abuse for a significant portion of her childhood, and a psychiatrist identified sadness and PTSD in her. She was arraigned and accused with Victor’s murder on April 24, 2013. But the judge ruled that a psychiatric examination be conducted after a mental breakdown in court. The court determined that she was fit for trial after nearly three years of treatment.
Her trial started on October 15, 2015. On that fatal day in October 2012, her defense claimed that she had “posttraumatic stress disorder and other mental illnesses.” On January 8, 2016, she was found guilty of first-degree murder and given a 50-year prison term. In April 2017, she filed an appeal against the ruling, but it was denied. Vegas, 33, is currently detained at the Central California Women’s Facility in a jail cell, according to official court records. According to her prison records, Vegas will be eligible for parole in October 2036.
Woman Who Stalked, Killed Ex-Boyfriend Gets 50 Years to Life in Prison
A woman who was found guilty of engaging in what the prosecution described as the “ultimate act of obsession”—stalking, harassing, and shooting her ex—faces a jail sentence of 50 years to life.
When Vegas Bray, then 27, shot and killed her ex-boyfriend Victor Saucedo in his own Imperial Beach residence in 2012, she was charged with first-degree murder and a gun allegation. Vegas Bray was found guilty of these charges in November.
Bray was also required to pay $5,000 in restitution at her sentence on Friday. While other family members filled the two rows of courtroom seats, Saucedo’s 9-year-old son sat outside the courthouse with a relative.
Tony Saucedo, the brother of Saucedo, reacted to Bray’s statement by saying, “Whatever was going to happen was going to happen.” Place my brother here next to me or put my brother here next to his son—it wouldn’t have made a difference.
He claimed that first, the death of his father upset his nephew, but that now he is recovering.
Bray’s attorney urged the judge to take into account that Bray had mental health issues, had been abandoned by her mother and had been assaulted as a youngster. The jurors had an opportunity to take that into consideration, the judge claimed, but nevertheless chose to convict her.
Bray performed the “ultimate act of obsession,” according to Deputy District Attorney Harrison Kennedy, when she broke into Saucedo’s apartment and shot him nine times with hollow-point bullets.
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Kennedy claimed that Bray fired several rounds at Saucedo with a.38 revolver before having to reload.
After the incident, Bray was escorted to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for interrogation but was quickly taken into custody.
Several of Saucedo’s friends said that Bray was a former Navy sailor who worked at Lemon Grove’s “Little Darlings” adult cabaret.
Bray was calm but assured during her arraignment as she entered a not guilty plea in front of more than a dozen of Saucedo’s friends and backers. Many of those acquaintances painted Bray as an unstable ex-girlfriend who, according to reports, hounded Saucedo for several months before to his passing.
Saucedo, 28, had recently left the military and was supporting his then-7-year-old son, who spoke during an emotional candlelight memorial, by working and attending school.
His pals informed NBC 7 that ever since they split up around a year ago, he had issues with Bray. Saucedo once even changed apartments in an effort to get away from her.
She wouldn’t let him be by himself. They parted ways. Zulema Reyes, the victim’s former fiancée, claimed in 2012 that she was unable to move on.
Kennedy concurred that Bray was attempting to reestablish her relationship with Saucedo during a readiness hearing.
Saucedo repeatedly reported vandalism, the sheriff’s office said. Authorities looked into the calls, but no one was detained, and no suspect was named.
Reyes recalled the harm done to Saucedo’s house by eggs, paint, vinegar, and jelly jars. She attributed the occurrences to Bray.
Because he was a guy talking about a woman, Saucedo believed that the authorities didn’t take him seriously, according to his best buddy Jeremiah Messenger. Messenger continued, “There was nothing they could do; there was no physical harm to him; no one else had seen it.
According to court records, she was arrested for grand theft in 2007 after pleading no contest to a driving infraction in 2008 and a theft charge. She as a result paid a fine and attended a program for shoplifting recovery.
In reaction to the accusations made against Bray, her mother earlier told NBC 7 that she was probably attempting to defend herself and that, absent extremely desperate circumstances, she would never have committed such an act.