This week is a sad one for the community of San Leandro, as the body found at Lake Chabot was indeed the one of missing 18-year-old, Mariah Davis.
A memorial was held for Mariah Davis at San Leandro High School at 2:00 pm by students and staff. Many community members, students, and staff attended.
Today Anthony Pimentel who was arrested for murder on Monday after turning himself into the San Leandro Police Department; had his arraignment at the East Hall of Justice at 2:00 pm
Anthony admitted to police that he strangled Mariah and left her body covered in branches before taking her car from the murder scene, according to court documents
According to a probable cause affidavit, Pimentel walked into the lobby of the San Leandro Police Department about 5:10 a.m. Monday and turned himself in. He told investigators he killed Davis and told them where she was. Authorities soon found a body matching the description Pimentel gave.
In interviews, Pimentel admitted to investigators that he strangled Davis with his arms until she fell unconscious, authorities said. He then told investigators that he released his arm grip and used both of his hands until she was no longer responsive.
“News of this situation was shocking and unreal to (his family), especially since Anthony has no criminal convictions,” Castillo said. “Anthony and his family are extremely remorseful for what happened to Mariah.”
He said they wish they could personally express their condolences to her family and “take back that tragic day.”
Castillo said the incident occurred “during an act of haste” without reflection or judgment. He said they’ll be looking closely into the circumstances surrounding her death to help determine if this occurred ruing a “heat of passion” situation.
He is still being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail and has a set date for a plea hearing on Monday, 10/08/2018 at the East Hall of Justice at 9:00 am in Dept. 712.
If he pleads guilty, he is looking at the minimum of 25 years to life for 1st-degree murder behind bars.