SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A man was convicted Thursday of killing a U.S. Marine’s pregnant wife and dumping her body in a mine shaft near Joshua Tree National Park.
San Bernardino jurors found Christopher Brandon Lee, 27, guilty of murder just days after he took the witness stand and confessed to murdering 19-year-old Erin Corwin.
“I made the decision to kill her,” Lee testified in court. “I was controlled by the anger. The hate I felt that day, it was something I never want to experience again.”
Jurors also found true a special sentencing enhancement that Lee was lying in wait for his married lover, Corwin, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Corwin’s husband first reported his wife’s disappearance in late June 2014 when she failed to return from a trip to Joshua Tree National Park.
Lee, a next door neighbor of Corwin at the military base in Twentynine Palms, was arrested in Anchorage, Alaska a couple days after her body found in a 140-foot mine shaft on August 16, 2014.
On October 27, 2016, Lee testified that he killed Corwin, who was pregnant with his child, because he believed she had molested his daughter.
Lee is scheduled to be sentenced on November 29. He faces life without the possibility of parole.