December 6, 2023
Jeffrey Quirino. Courtesy Dignity Memorial

A person who fatally stabbed a 17-year-old boy in Spring Valley greater than seven years in the past was sentenced Tuesday to 31 years and eight months to life in state jail.

Christian Gomez Lopez, 31, was convicted by a jury of second-degree homicide for the Could 23, 2016, stabbing of Jeffrey Quirino.

Prosecutors mentioned Lopez issued a gang-related problem to Quirino exterior an condominium complicated on Delrose Avenue.

When Quirino approached Lopez, the defendant stabbed him within the neck, prosecutors mentioned.

The wounded teen was found by a passing motorist, in line with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Division, which mentioned Quirino six days later died at a hospital. Lopez was arrested in September 2019.

At his sentencing listening to, Lopez mentioned he “reacted” as a result of he believed he was going to be “jumped” by the sufferer, who he thought was pulling out a knife. He additionally mentioned his habits that day was affected by alcohol.

“I actually apologize for that,” Lopez instructed the sufferer’s household. “I hope you guys can forgive me. I do know that’s exhausting. … It was my fault and I’m sorry.”

Lopez’s sentence included further time for a previous assault conviction, one other case through which he assaulted a fellow inmate in county jail, and a theft case through which he stole jewellery from two shops in San Diego.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.