Man pleads no contest in decades-old Oxnard homicide

Victim was raped, stabbed 11 times in 1985

VENTURA, Calif. - A Los Angeles man, already serving a life sentence for murder, pleaded no contest to a decades-old homicide case in Ventura County Superior Court on Wednesday.

Ventura County District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced that Vincent Mackey, 53, pleaded no contest to one count of first degree murder, three special circumstance allegations for murder committed during the commission of rape, burglary, and prior conviction for murder, as well as a special allegation for personal use of a knife.

The charges stem from a 1985 cold-case involving the murder and rape of 19-year-old Isabela Hernandez.

On September 28, 1985, Hernandez was found dead in an apartment on the 900 block of West Gonzales Road in Oxnard. Hernandez was stabbed 11 times and had been raped.

After Oxnard Police Department concluded their investigation at the scene, then 22-year-old Vincent Mackey was seen burglarizing the apartment where Hernandez was killed.

Due to a lack of evidence and reliable witnesses, no charges were filed against Mackey.

In 2014, the Ventura County Cold Case Task Force re-opened the case and submitted several items of evidence to the Ventura County Crime Lab for DNA testing. Investigators were led back to Mackey after DNA testing linked Mackey to the submitted evidence.

On March 21, 2016, a criminal complaint for the murder of Hernandez was filed against Mackey. Mackey was already serving life without parole for the 1986 murder of James Sprigg in El Rio, California.

Mackey will be sentence on April 20 in Ventura Superior Court. He will be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

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