A 25-year-old suburban Lake Worth janitor was sentenced to 15 years in prison On Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2008 stabbing death of a cross-dressing waiter who was one of his lovers.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Juan Carlos Atenco Camacho in July 2010 after they say he confessed to killing 33-year-old Naum Rafael Mendez before dumping his body west of Palm Beach Gardens.

At the time of the killings, according to authorities, Camacho was married but also was having an affair with a 16-year-old girl with whom he'd been involved since the girl was 14.

Mendez was last seen on Feb. 1, 2008, wearing a red dress and blond wig and carrying a silver purse at Matteo's Restaurant in Boca Raton, where he was a waiter. Mendez also worked part time at a Greenacres club where he danced under the name "Gaviota," Boca Raton police said.

Camacho led authorities to the scene of where he said he dumped the body after he confessed, but Mendez's body was not recovered.

Camacho could have faced up to 30 years in prison if convicted of second-degree murder, but received the 15-year sentence on the lesser charge of manslaughter with a deadly weapon.


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