By LeaAnne Klentzman
Man found guilty and automatically sentenced to life for killing woman who gave him opportunity.
Just over three years after her July 2010 murder, Leesa Nascimento’s murderer was sentenced to life in prison. On July 30, 2013 Lorenza Andre Sam was convicted of the Capital Murder of his former employer and business owner.
In 2010, Leesa Nascimento was the owner and proprietor of “Artful Occasions” a flower boutique in the Sugar Creek Shopping Center. At the time of her death, it was revealed that Sam had worked for Nascimento for only three months before she realized he was stealing from her; she fired him.
Some six weeks later Sam went to Nascimento’s Sienna Plantation home and robbed and killed her. He dumped her body in a Sugar Land pond behind her business then stole her car and drove it to a rural area of Louisiana then headed to Mississippi.
According to prosecutors, Sam was convicted with the assistance of DNA evidence as well as the digital footprint he left by using his cell phone and the information police were able to glean. Since the District Attorney declined to seek the death penalty; upon his conviction Sam was sentenced to life in prison.