December 5, 2023
Investigators seek for proof following the 2022 deadly assault of Frank Gallegos in Nationwide Metropolis. Picture credit score: OnScene.TV

A person who stabbed one other man in Nationwide Metropolis, then ran the sufferer over was sentenced Thursday to 42 years to life in state jail.

Thornell Brown, 58, was convicted by a Chula Vista jury of second-degree homicide for the June 4, 2022 killing of Frank Gallegos, 52.

Prosecutors say that simply earlier than 1 p.m., Brown stabbed the sufferer twice, then ran over Gallegos within the car parking zone of a financial institution on East eighth Road. Gallegos later died of his accidents.

Brown testified at trial that he believed Gallegos had stolen some property from his automobile. He additionally alleged the sufferer owed him cash and refused to repay, and referred to as Brown a racial slur.

Deputy District Legal professional Katherine Johnson mentioned all of the property that was discovered on Gallegos was introduced to Brown throughout the trial, who admitted none of it was his.

About 5 minutes after the alleged theft, Brown chased Gallegos and the boys tussled close to a market. Brown stabbed the sufferer as he was on the bottom crawling away from the defendant, prosecutors alleged.

Brown’s protection lawyer, Sergio Salcedo, argued that throughout the confrontation with Gallegos his consumer “feared for his life.”

San Diego County Superior Courtroom Decide Maryann D’Addezio imposed a sentence of 15 years to life for the second-degree homicide conviction. Brown obtained extra time for a depend of being a felon in possession of a firearm and for having a previous critical or violent felony conviction.

D’Addezio mentioned, “It’s clear to the courtroom from the proof that Mr. Brown was the attacker and that Mr. Gallegos on no account provoked the assault.”

Brown was arrested later that day within the automobile used to run over the sufferer, which D’Addezio described as “splattered with Mr. Gallegos’ blood.” Brown was discovered with the homicide weapon, in addition to a ghost gun.

D’Addezio additionally famous that the killing was dedicated in broad daylight and mentioned Brown “ignored the cries and pleas from bystanders to cease” earlier than stabbing Gallegos.

– Metropolis Information Service