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Man who killed wife, hid her under leaves at her parents’ home awaits sentencing

Justin Anthony Jesus.
Justin Anthony Jesus. Sacramento Bee file photo

A man has been convicted of stabbing his wife and hiding her body under leaves at her parents’ Folsom home.

Justin Anthony Jesus, 30, was convicted Tuesday on first-degree murder charges in the killing of his wife, Elizabeth Masters. The jury also convicted him of felony domestic violence.

Jesus had a history of domestic violence, which culminated in the killing of Masters on Dec. 20, 2015, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. A week before, Masters, 25, had left Jesus to stay with her family in Folsom.

On Dec. 20, he showed up at her parents’ home and the two left the residence around midnight. Several hours later, family members heard a commotion outside the Folsom home, according to the DA’s Office.

Family members found Jesus armed with a knife in the backyard. The family then discovered Master’s body on the side of the house, buried under a pile of leaves.

Jesus was arrested by Folsom police a short distance away in the backyard of a neighbor’s home. Police said that Masters had defensive wounds, indicating a struggle with her killer. Jesus was found with the knife used in the murder, according to the DA.

He faces a maximum of 26 years to life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for May 18.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews