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Man who stabbed downtown senior to death sentenced to 71 years to life in prison

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man who stabbed an 82-year-old downtown resident in the victim's apartment and left him to die in the bathtub was sentenced Friday to 71 years to life in state prison.

Gilbert Castro Egurrola, 27, was convicted in July of first-degree murder in the April 25, 2009, death of Ralph Barrera.

Egurrola, who was also found guilty of kidnapping, has a 2002 conviction for negligently discharging a firearm, said Deputy District Attorney Patty Herian.

According to prosecutors, Barrera was hosting friends at his apartment on E Street when Egurrola stabbed him in the neck and wrists. When the defendant fled, he also kidnapped a witness to the crime, threatening to kill him if he reported it. The witness was able to escape and call for help.

Egurrola fled to Mexico, where he was arrested a month later.

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