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.
Hundreds of statewide faith leaders will march Saturday afternoon to the Otay Mesa Detention Center, where they will protest immigration policies that separated more than 2,300 children from their parents.
A 325-acre blaze burning at Camp Pendleton Saturday was described as a ``training fire'' by a base official.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped today for the 16th consecutive day, decreasing nine-tenths of a cent to $3.697.
A crash on an Oceanside freeway Saturday morning left two cars on their roofs and sent one person to a hospital, a fire official
Cooler weekend for the County due to a low pressure trough moving through the Great Basin. Weak and shallow marine layer may still be slow to clear.
A stretch of road in National City was shut down briefly after a large crowd took to the streets to celebrate the Mexico national soccer team's 2-1 victory over South Korea today in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The San Diego Humane Society today urged residents to volunteer their homes as foster spaces for the influx of animals typically lost after Fourth of July.
A man was critically injured Friday night when he chased a ball into the street and was hit by a car.
Clayton Richard pitched three-hit ball over six innings for his fourth consecutive win and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Friday night.
A powerful show of support for migrants being held in detention facilities has hundreds of interfaith leaders gathered Friday night for a vigil and demonstration at the border.