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CA - Elizabeth Begaren, 40, dies in contract killing, Anaheim, 17 Jan 1998
February 6, 2012
ANAHEIM Cold-case detectives Monday arrested the husband of a prison guard who was shot to death on a freeway off-ramp in Anaheim in 1998, six months after he took out a $1 million life insurance policy on his wife.
Two other men were arrested on suspicion of helping the husband carry out the slaying for financial gain, authorities said Monday. Police are looking for a fourth man, Anaheim police Sgt. Bob Dunn said.
Nuzzio Begaren, now 50, is accused of orchestrating the slaying of Elizabeth Wheat Begaren, who was gunned down just before midnight Jan. 17, 1998, shortly after stepping out of the family minivan on the East Street off-ramp of the 91.
11-14-2015, 08:36 PM #2
From May 2014:
Robert Wheat got the call on Friday: The man responsible for having Wheat’s daughter gunned down on a freeway on-ramp in Anaheim in 1998 would spend 25 years to life in prison.
Wheat had kept the case alive, writing authorities to reopen it after leads went cold. In the end, a clue left by his daughter in the moments before she was shot helped close the case against Nuzzio Begaren, her husband...
A jury found Begaren guilty of murder and conspiracy to commit murder last year.
Investigators eventually tracked down the actual go-between who connected Nuzzio Begaren and the gang members, a man named Rudy Duran, as well as an accomplice named Jose Sandoval. Nuzzio Begaren was convicted of his wife's murder, while Duran and Sandoval cooperated with authorities and were sentenced to prison.
The suspected shooter, Guillermo Espinoza, is on the run.
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