Jaime Osuna: Bakersfield’s cold-blooded killer

Jaime Osuna: Kern County's cold-blooded killer

KERN COUNTY (KGET) — “I have no sympathy, I’m sadistic. I’ll do it over and over again.”

Jaime Osuna is already serving life behind bars, for torturing and killing a Bakersfield woman back in 2011.

Now, at age 31, he’s suspected of killing his cellmate.

He calls himself sadistic and says he has no plans to stop killing.

The case of Jaime Osuna is one KRON4’s sister station KGET has been following for years.

As reporters, we cover a lot of crime. We’ve seen many horrific homicides. But Osuna is by far one of the most chilling stories we’ve seen.

His image is unforgettable — his joker smile and satanic symbol tattooed across his face.

In 2017, KGET’s Olivia LaVoice sat down with Osuna at Lerdo Jail in Bakersfield.

He was in there for murdering Yvette Pena in cold blood.

Pena was a mother of six. A stranger to Osuna.

The day after he met her, she was found at the El Morocco hotel, with knives and a pair of scissors in her back.

“I did sadistically, premeditatedly, liberty tortured and murdered Yvette Peña,” Osuna confessed during the interview.

He told us on camera he killed Pena simply because he had the opportunity.

“The torture and all that, is more of trying to get a rush, it’s an addiction, it’s a drug,” Osuna said. “I would rather do that than do drugs, I would rather do that than have sex.”

And his motive? He said killing gives him a rish and a sense of fulfillment.

“I don’t care if you’re a lawyer, a teacher, a gang member. I don’t care if you’re my brother or sister. I don’t care if you’re who ever, it’s about my decisions at that time,” Osuna said. “It’s self-gratification to me.”

Even after he tortured Pena, he continued to torture her loved ones in court – making faces, laughing, and taunting her grieving family.

He even chatted calmly about the Oakland Raiders as he signed his life away.

“I’ve sat in this courtroom more than a dozen times, and all I’ve seen was a smile,” Pena’s sister said. “I can’t control anybody’s actions or emotions or control what’s happened, but I do hope that one day, that Osuna will have sorrow, and remorse.”

As Pena’s sister said that, Osuna shook his head and nodded ‘nope.’

“It’s not often, even as somebody who prosecutes murderers for a living that I come across somebody that’s just plain evil,” said prosecutor Nick Lackie. “If anybody deserves the death penalty, Jaime Osuna does.”

But Osuna escaped the death penalty, taking a plea deal for life in prison without parole.

It doesn’t just end with Pena’s murder.

Osuna admitted, even bragged, to being responsible for two more unsolved murders.

Olivia: Did you know the other two victims?
Osuna: No.
Olivia: How old were you when you committed your first murder?
Osuna: 13.
Olivia: 13?
Osuna: 13.
Olivia: How old was the victim?
Osuna: The victim was 27, 27.
Olivia: And then in 2007 you killed a 32-year-old woman?
Osuna: yes. Olivia: Where did you kill that woman?

Osuna: You’re getting into details now and I can’t, sorry. That’s one of the questions I can’t ask. But the orchards I can say. Kern County has a lot of orchards.

Osuna told us he’s saving the details of those two murders.

As if his crimes are a horror movie and he’s building suspense.

Olivia: How? What are the circumstances behind that?
Osuna: I kind of don’t want to get into that because I was young at that age, and that part had to do with, how can I say this, a certain, what is that word, I was kind of like a protege, had a teacher, really don’t want to get into that one because I was kind of guided on that one, I was kind of helped, but that was the first taste of of…
Olivia: Was that gang-related?
Osuna: No, none of my crimes are gang-related.
Olivia: But you have someone in your life that taught you how to kill, is that what you’re saying?
Osuna: I mean I seen it, there was a person, a friend, that to this day I still got friends that believe in the same stuff that I believe in…
Olivia: That share the same desires?
Osuna: Right exactly.

Osuna alluded to a childhood that may have shaped him to be the way he is.

East Bakersfield. No dad. A mom who was in and out.

So who raised him? The streets.

“Since I was a kid, 8-9 years old, I’ve killed animals,” Osuna admitted. “My mom would go to the store and I would put the cat in freezer. I would put it in the oven, you know stuff like that.”

Now, fast forward to 2019.

Osuna is serving a life sentence and he’s admitted to killing his cellmate, Luis Romero at Corcoran State Prison.

According to documents KGET obtained, Romero was decapitated.

His lungs, eyeballs, and ear were removed and his body was completely mutilated.

Osuna admitted to all of it, but pled not guilty.

Now, he could face the death penalty.

“I love what I’ve experienced,” Osuna said. “To this day, if I can go back in time to change anything, would I? No. I would go back and do it again and over again. And if I’m released I will probably end up here again with the same case.”

There are still a lot of unanswered questions.

Mainly, why would a man who brags about killing be assigned a cellmate? How did he get a weapon like that? And why would he be left unsupervised?

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