Kristin Smart’s killer ordered to pay restitution

June 18, 2024

Kristin Smart


A judge on Monday ordered Paul Flores, the man convicted of killing Cal Poly coed Kristin Smart in 1996, to pay more than $350,000 in restitution to her family for costs they incurred following her death.

In Oct. 2022, a Monterey County jury found Paul Flores guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of Kristin Smart in 1996. A second jury determined Ruben Flores, his father, was not guilty of helping to dispose of Smart’s body.

During the 2022 trial, Harold Mesick represented Ruben Flores. He began representing Paul Flores regarding restitution last year.

Monterey County Superior Court Judge Jennifer O’Keefe on Monday ordered Paul Flores to pay $74,832 in restitution to Denise Smart, $144,327 to Stan Smart, $96,538 to Matthew Smart, and a combined $31,279 to Lindsey Smart-Stewart and brother-in-law Patrick Stewart.

Even though Paul Flores has no assets, approximately 50% of any prison commissary funds will be used for restitution.


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The most appropriate restitution would be the death penalty.

50% of commissary money might add up to a few thousand dollars over the man’s life. Guessing the over/under for his survival is about 5 years, considering he has already been attacked with murderous intent twice.

I just don’t get why the Smart family doesn’t just walk away, mentally bury their daughter and move on. It has to be an excruciating life to be constantly thinking about your daughter who has been dead basically forever.

Wow?! Just move on? Buddy, only after Flores tells investigators where he and his low-life family hid her body will the Smart Family and SLO County locals find rest. I’m giving your insensitive comment another thumbs down.

It’s really too bad that people in prison always find a way to work the system. They talk other prisoners into putting money on their own books and work out deals. I I hope CDCR puts the screws to PF.

I wish they would have been awarded way more but no amount of money rights this wrong.

Any willing accomplices who helped Paul Flores dispose of Smart’s body should also be required to pay restitution.

What body?….

Sorry if none of you like my comment but how can you charge willing accomplices with disposing a body no one has found?… it doesn’t make any sense…