DATE: August 17, 2015
CASE: David Acuna & Guadalupe Cabrera
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Jeff Hightower, Homicide Unit
District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced that the Honorable Michael Kenny sentenced 31-year-old David Acuna to 39 years to life in prison and 32-year-old Guadalupe Cabrera to 8 years in prison. On May 7, 2015, a jury convicted Acuna of first-degree murder, personal use of a weapon, arson, and use of an accelerant. On April 20, 2015, Cabrera pled no contest to arson, use of an accelerant, and accessory after the fact to murder.
On February 1, 2013, Acuna knocked Patrick Kendrick unconscious during a dispute over electronics. Acuna then dragged Mr. Kendrick into the kitchen and stabbed him seven times in the neck and back, killing him. Acuna left the scene and asked Cabrera to help him obtain materials to craft two Molotov cocktails. Both defendants returned to the apartment and started a fire in an attempt to conceal evidence of the homicide.
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