ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
Case # 13CF0492
Date: March 12, 2015
SANTA ANA – A husband was sentenced today to 28 years to life in state prison for stabbing and murdering his wife in an Anaheim hotel room. Bruce Allen Ohlwine, 50, was found guilty by a jury March 5, 2015, of first degree murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. On March 11, 2015, the same jury found that the defendant, who had entered pleas of “not guilty” and “not guilty by reason of insanity,” was legally sane at the time of the murder. The court found the sentencing enhancement that the defendant committed the crime while out on bail to be true.
On Feb. 12, 2013, Bruce Ohlwine was staying in an Anaheim hotel with his wife, 37-year-old Saori Ohlwine. At some point during the day, the defendant used a knife and stabbed the victim seven times in the chest, eye, and legs. The next day, hotel staff contacted the Anaheim Police Department (APD) to evict the defendant and his wife from their hotel room after the defendant had refused to leave.
APD officers entered the room and found a large amount of blood covering the walls and floors. APD found the victim’s body in a bathtub filled with bloody water. APD found the defendant in the hotel room and had him transported to the hospital to be treated for a stab wound to his torso and a severed middle finger.
APD investigated this case. Senior Deputy District Attorney Troy Pino of the Homicide Unit prosecuted this case.
TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney
Susan Kang Schroeder, Chief of Staff