Carlo Alberto Fuentes Flores found guilty of murdering Nancy Woodrum of Paso Robles during the commission of a rape. Will be sentenced on February 24, 2022.
Author: District Attorney
1/20/2022 2:53:30 PM
District Attorney Dan Dow announced today that Carlo Alberto Fuentes Flores was convicted of murdering Nancy Woodrum by Superior Court Judge Timothy Covello who presided over a court trial after Fuentes Flores waived his right to a jury trial. Judge Covello also found true the special circumstance that the murder occurred during the commission or attempted commission of the crime of rape.
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.
“This conviction will not bring Nancy Woodrum back, nor will it lessen the grief of her loved ones,” said District Attorney Dan Dow. “This is however a critical step towards achieving an appropriate punishment for the predator who is responsible for her brutal murder. This conviction was only possible because of the immense amount of diligence and unwavering professionalism of the Sheriff’s Office investigative team. Our hearts remain with the Woodrum family and her loved ones who are suffering the pain of her loss.”
The lawful sentence for this crime is life in prison without the possibility of parole because of the special circumstance that was alleged and proved that he committed the murder during a rape or attempted rape. Fuentes Flores is scheduled to be sentenced on February 24, 2022, in Department 7 of the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court.
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 is 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.