April 23, 2024


San Diego Superior Court docket in Vista. File photograph

A person convicted of stabbing one other man a number of instances inside an Escondido dwelling, then setting the residence ablaze, was sentenced Wednesday to 31 years to life in state jail.

Jose Trinidad Romero, 35, was discovered responsible by a Vista jury Aug. 1 of first-degree homicide and arson for the killing of Procopio Blanco Cervantes, 50, who was discovered by firefighters inside a Waverly Place residence on Oct. 4, 2020.

Prosecutors stated surveillance footage captured Romero and Cervantes getting into the house collectively, then Romero leaving the house moments earlier than it went up in flames.

As firefighters labored to extinguish the blaze, Cervantes was discovered mendacity within the dwelling’s kitchen with a number of stab wounds, in line with prosecutors. He was taken to a hospital, the place medical doctors pronounced him useless, in line with Escondido police.

Romero was arrested a number of days later.

At Romero’s arraignment in late 2020, a prosecutor stated the lads had had a dispute over property that was left behind on the residence.

– Metropolis Information Service