MANUEL Richard Pena is surely a prince among men. Over the past 30 years he has been accused of all kinds of violent acts against his family. In 1976, he shot a now ex-wife in the genitals during a spat, in 1989 punched his stepfather, 72, and in 2004 he beat his grandson, 7, so severely he gave the boy a bloody nose. And he always managed to pretty much walk away--until now.
On Friday, the 69-year-old headcase was charged with the 1982 murder of his then girlfriend, Sherri Strong. Cops found her in his house lying facedown,
nude and with a rope around her neck. She was pregnant. Pena, then 34, told detectives he found her in the garage which was clearly staged. But there didn't appear to be enough evidence in 1982 and the case was put on the shelf. Strong had dumped him before the murder because--take a guess--he was physically abusive. And she was terrified of him.
Now, on his seventh marriage, the old monster runs a photo studio out of his home. According to cops, he didn't think he would ever get busted for Sherri Strong. He was wrong.
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