John Ghobrial is an Egyptian national who befriended, then killed 12-year-old Juan Delgado, who went to middle school near his home in Orange County. In 1998, Ghobrial forced Delgado into the shed where he was living, tortured and molested him, then killed him. Ghobrial then used a meat cleaver to dismember the body. He hid portions of the body in concrete cylinders that he had purchased at a home improvement store.

Ghobrial had faced sexual assault charges in his native Egypt before immigrating to California. He was sentenced to death in 2002.

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