Sex-for-drugs trader pleads guilty to manslaughter

Eric Depierro

Eric Depierro

KINGMAN - A 20-year-old Kingman man has pleaded to reduced charges of manslaughter in connection with the stabbing death of a 54-year-old man.

Eric B. Depierro is scheduled to receive 7 years in prison when formally sentenced July 5 under terms of a plea agreement reached with the state. Depierro originally faced second-degree murder charges when he was arrested last fall.

Prosecutor Ken Skousen said Depierro stabbed 54-year-old Mario Izquierdo-Diaz four times in the victim's bedroom at a home in the 2800 block of Lass Avenue on the morning of Oct. 20.

Skousen said a third party arranged a "drugs for sex" trade between Depierro and Izquierdo, who was living under the name Maria at the time of his death. Izquierdo was apparently set to go to jail the day before his murder on a shoplifting probation violation and was looking for a romantic encounter before being jailed.

Skousen said after the encounter, Depierro asked the third party whether Izquierdo was a man or a woman. Depierro then returned to Izquierdo's home and stabbed him in the neck and shoulder, severing the carotid artery.

A knife was found in the bedroom, but investigators never found what they believed to be the murder weapon.

Depierro was arrested a week after the murder after deputies learned he was about to turn himself in. He was set to be sentenced Monday, but the hearing was rescheduled after his attorney did not show up.