Puente was convicted on December 10, 1993, by a Monterey County jury – a change of venue from Sacramento County – for the murders of Leona Carpenter, Dorothy Miller and Benjamin Fink, tenants in her Sacramento boarding house. The jury could not reach a verdict on six other murder charges.
Puente was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on December 17, 1993.
In 1982, Puente was sent to state prison from Sacramento County with a five-year sentence for giving drugs to aid in a felony and grand theft. She was released to parole on February 19, 1985, and discharged from parole in 1986.
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