SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — Kayonie Eliaz Mendibles (21) has been sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison for first degree murder in the November 2020 death of Marion Jeanine Vore. 

District Attorney Dan Dow announced on January 10 that Kayonie Eliaz Mendibles (DOB 10/12/2002) of Fresno has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the first degree murder of Marion Jeanine Vore. On October 30, 2023, Mendibles pleaded guilty to first degree murder knowing that he would receive a 25 years to life sentence. The crime occurred in the late afternoon of November 27, 2020, at a residence in rural Arroyo Grande.

“While we cannot comprehend the incredible grief and outrage resulting from the senseless murder of Marion, we sincerely hope that completion of the criminal case provides some closure for the Vore family and friends,” said Assistant District Attorney Eric J. Dobroth. “We are grateful for the thorough work of Sheriff’s Detective Greg Smith and his team in gathering the evidence necessary to hold Mr. Mendibles accountable.”