MICKI Kinesaki went missing from a cruise ship while on vacation with her estranged husband Lonnie Kocontes.
Fingers pointed at Koncontes when authorities found Kinesaki’s body floating in the Mediterranean two days after her disappearance.
Who is Lonnie Kocontes?
Lonnie Kocontes is a former attorney from Safety Harbor, Florida.
The Florida-born attorney relocated to California, where he continued to practice law.
In May 2006, Kocontes took his then-wife on a Mediterranean cruise.
On the morning of May 26, Kocontes found his wife missing.
But the next day, Kanesaki’s body washed up on the coast of Italy.
After careful investigation, it turned out that Kanesaki was strangled before being thrown into the sea.
After investigating Micki’s alleged murder, Kocontes was cleared of all suspicion until 2008, when he attempted to transfer $1 million of Kanesaki’s money into his existing bank accounts.
As recently as 2013, Kocontes was arrested in connection with the Kanesaki murder.
Where is Lonnie Kocontes now?
Although Kocontes was arrested in 2013, he was not found guilty until June 2020.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office said Kocontes allegedly murdered his ex-wife for financial reasons.
Before their vacation, the two argued for months over the sale of their joint property on the ranch.
Due to his direct connection to the Kanesaki murder, Kocontes was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.
Kocontes is currently serving his life sentence at RJ Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, California.
When were Lonnie and Micki divorced?
Lonnie Kocontes and Micki Kanesaki were married from 1995 to 2002.
The couple continued to live together as they debated how to split their fortune.
However, in 2005, Kocontes remarried to a woman named Amy Nguyen.
After Kanesaki refused to sell their ranch property, Lonnie moved back in with Micki, where the two rekindled their romance.
Nguyen was a key asset in Kocontes’ arrest, as she told authorities that Kocontes allegedly pre-planned the murder with his best friend.
While Kocontes was in prison following his 2013 arrest, the lawyer was also charged with conspiring to murder Nguyen, but prosecutors dropped the charges as he had already been sentenced to life in prison.