ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
Case # 12ZF0140
Date: January 8, 2016
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was sentenced today to 25 years to life in state prison for the strangling murder of his wife in their Irvine apartment. Shalabh Rastogi, 42, Irvine, was found guilty by a jury on Nov. 17, 2015, of one felony count of first degree murder.
At the time of the crime, Rastogi was experiencing marital trouble with his 40-year-old wife Jalina George, with whom he had three school-aged children.
During the evening of May 21, 2012, the defendant strangled and murdered George in a bedroom of their Irvine apartment. He then left the victim’s body in the bedroom closet and called the police later that night.
The Irvine Police Department, who investigated this case, immediately responded to the scene and arrested the defendant.
The couple’s three children were not home at the time of the murder.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Herrera of the Homicide Unit prosecuted this case.
TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney
Susan Kang Schroeder, Chief of Staff