A person convicted of stabbing one other man a number of occasions inside an Escondido house, 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 mentioned 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 house’s kitchen with a number of stab wounds, in accordance with prosecutors. He was taken to a hospital, the place medical doctors pronounced him lifeless, in accordance with Escondido police.
Romero was arrested a couple of days later.
At Romero’s arraignment in late 2020, a prosecutor mentioned the boys had had a dispute over property that was left behind on the residence.
– Metropolis Information Service