Carlo Alberto Fuentes Flores sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of Nancy Woodrum of Paso Robles
Author: District Attorney
2/28/2022 2:22:45 PM
District Attorney Dan Dow announced today that Carlo Alberto Fuentes Flores (DOB 05/27/1976) has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the May 2018 murder of Nancy Woodrum committed during the commission of rape and residential burglary.
On May 5, 2018, Ms. Woodrum went missing from her Paso Robles home sparking an extensive six-month missing persons investigation by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office. In November 2018, Fuentes Flores was identified as a suspect and brought in for questioning. He had been hired to paint Ms. Woodrum’s deck in the weeks leading up to her disappearance. After a lengthy interview, Fuentes Flores led investigators to the victim’s remains in a secluded area off Highway 58 in a rural eastern part of the county.
Fuentes Flores waived his right to a trial by jury and, at a court trial, on January 20, 2022, Superior Court Judge Timothy Covello found him guilty of first-degree murder and found true the special circumstance allegations that the murder was committed during the commission of rape and residential burglary. The special circumstance findings require that Fuentes Flores be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
“Life in prison without the possibility of parole is an appropriate and just punishment for the brutal abuse and murder of Nancy Woodrum,” said District Attorney Dan Dow. “Our hearts remain with the Woodrum family and her loved ones who will always suffer the pain of her loss.”
The case was investigated by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Christopher Peuvrelle.
A copy of the Information (charging document) can be found here. A copy of the defendant’s booking photo can be found here.
Please contact Assistant District Attorney Eric J. Dobroth at 805.781.5819 with any questions.