SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Southern California sushi chef accused in the strangling death of a sushi chef has likely fled to Nicaragua.

The OrangeCounty district attorney's office said Tuesday that a $1 million warrant has been issued for Henry Nunez-Godinez, who has been charged Murdering killing Chang-Ho Jung on Dec. 11.

Prosecutors say Nunez-Godinez, who worked with Jung at a restaurant in Lake Forest, strangled him with a cord on Dec. 11 in the Laguna Hills apartment they shared.

The owners of the sushi restaurant found Jung's body at the apartment after he failed to show up for work.

Sheriff's officials say Nunez-Godinez fled the U.S., drove the length of Mexico in his black 2005

Volkswagen Jetta and has reached Nicaragua.

He could get 25 years-to-life in prison.