“Hollywood Ripper” Michael Gargiulo was sentenced to death in California Friday for the home-invasion murders of two women, including Ashton Kutcher’s then-gal pal.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry P. Fidler called 45-year-old Gargiulo’s crimes “vicious and frightening” as he handed down the sentence.
“Everywhere that Mr. Gargiulo went, death and destruction followed him,” Fidler said.
Victim photos are shown as Michael Gargiulo appears in court for opening statements in his murder trial on May 2, 2019.Getty Images
Gargiulo, a former bouncer, air-conditioner repairman and aspiring actor, was convicted in August 2019 of the 2001 murder of Ashley Ellerin, 22, and the 2005 murder of 32-year-old Maria Bruno.
He was also found guilty of attempted murder in a 2008 attack on a Santa Monica woman.
Ellerin, who was found in her Hollywood home with 47 stab wounds, had been due to go on a date with Kutcher, then an up-and-coming young actor.
Michael Gargiulo (center) listens to his