Psychic Daniel Perez Convicted of Murder, 27 Other Charges

People/February 19, 2015

By Tara Fowler

A self-proclaimed psychic was convicted Wednesday of murdering a woman whose death he "predicted."

Kansas commune leader Daniel Perez, 55, was convicted of the first-degree murder of 26-year-old Patricia Hughes, who was found floating in a pool nearly 12 years ago, KAKE reports.

Prosecutors claimed that Perez killed the young mom to collect $2 million in life insurance money.

He was also convicted of 27 other charges, including rape, sodomy and sexual exploitation of a child.

"We're pleased that we got the verdict, but you heard about life after life after life that was adversely affected by this man, from Texas to the Dakotas to Lee Summit, Missouri, and back to Wichita," Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said.

Perez, whose sentencing date is set for March 24, faces at minimum a life sentence without parole eligibility for 25 years, according to The Wichita Eagle.

Authorities have said Hughes wasn't the only member of Perez's so-called family to die under suspicious circumstances. Others include Hughes's husband, who was crushed to death by a car, and a woman who was killed in a plane crash.

Perez had pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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