Boyfriend of slain reality TV star sentenced to 16 years to life
The boyfriend of Los Angeles police officer-turned-reality-TV attorney Loredana Nesci was sentenced Sept. 19 to 16 years to life in prison for her murder, Los Angeles County prosecutors said.
Nesci, the star of SundanceTV’s “Loredana, Esq.,” was killed in 2015 inside the Redondo Beach home she shared with Robert Reagan, 53. She was 47.
“The news of her death destroyed our life, and we will never be the same,” her father, John Nesci, said in a statement read during Reagan’s sentencing in Torrance Superior Court. “All of a sudden, in the dark of the night, everything was stolen from her and from all of us.”
Nesci was an avid body builder whose show followed her life as a tough, hardworking attorney in the Riviera Village. Her young son, Rocco, was featured in several episodes.
A statement written for the sentencing by Robert Nesci, the victim’s brother, described a troubled relationship between the couple — one that Nesci was preparing to leave, prosecutors said.
“She wasted years of her life, gifted you with so much money, and foolishly believed in your stories,” he wrote.
Reagan was “distraught” when he called police to the home in 2015 to report an emergency, Redondo police Sgt. Fabian Saucedo said.
“It was kind of weird, actually. He didn’t say anything. It’s one of those things we call an ‘unknown trouble call,’ ” Saucedo said at the time. “It was very vague, like, ‘What’s going on?’ ”
Police automatically respond to 911 calls, so they drove by Nesci’s home — where Reagan waited outside, Saucedo said.
“He gave them details of what may have occurred, and as a result, [the officers] decided they better go in and check the welfare. That’s where they found the body,” Saucedo said at the time. “Obviously it was some kind of domestic dispute; otherwise, it wouldn’t have led to this.”
After police discovered Nesci’s body, Reagan was arrested.
His defense attorney contended in court that the stabbing was in self-defense and that Nesci fell on the knife during a struggle.
An autopsy revealed that Nesci was stabbed at least four times in the abdomen between her breasts and belly button. Reagan waited more than five hours after the stabbing to call police, contacting an attorney first.
A native of Connecticut, Nesci joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1996 and worked as a patrol officer in the Southwest Division, according to a biography on her website. An LAPD spokeswoman declined to confirm that Nesci was a former employee, citing privacy issues.
Nesci said she was among the officers present during the North Hollywood shootout in 1997.
Her career with the LAPD was brief. She left the department in 1998 and enrolled in law school at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. In 2004, she returned to California and melded her legal career with pursuits in entertainment and media, including hosting a radio show on KCAA-AM (1050).