SLO County DA: Grover Beach man sentenced for stabbing

Courtesy of the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office

A Grover Beach man was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole on Tuesday for attacking someone with a knife in Pismo Beach in January, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office.

In July, a jury convicted Jeremiah Hernandez, 44, of aggravated mayhem and assault with a knife involving a single victim in July, the district attorney’s office said in a news release. The jury also found that Hernandez inflicted serious bodily harm on the victim. during the stabbing.

According to the statement, Hernandez attacked a person with a knife near the 200 block of Five Cities Drive in Pismo Beach on Jan. 24, “severely slicing” the victim’s face from the hairline to the lower jaw, according to the statement.

The victim required extensive reconstructive surgery to repair his face, the district attorney’s office said.

According to the statement, the jurors found that “the attack was violent and indicates a grave danger to society; Hernandez’s previous convictions are numerous and increasingly serious; that the accused has already served a prison sentence; and that he was lying in wait when he attacked his victim.

These are factors in his sentencing, the statement said.

Due to recent changes to California sentencing law, it is impossible to estimate the length of Hernandez’s jail term, the statement said.

The California Board of Parole Hearings will hold a hearing to determine whether Hernandez should be granted parole once he is in custody for a minimum period.

San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Timothy Covello presided over the case. The Pismo Beach Police Department and the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office of Investigation investigated the case.

Pismo Beach Police Detective. Sergeant Anthony Hernandez and District Attorney’s Office lead investigator Michael Hoier were lead investigators on the case, and Assistant District Attorney Lindsey Bittner prosecuted him.

Man once served time for burning SLO County cross

Hernandez previously served time in state prison for burning a cross outside the home of a black teenager in Arroyo Grande in 2011 — a case that drew national attention at the time.

Hernandez and three others were found guilty of stealing an 11ft-tall cross from a local church and setting it on fire outside a house on South Elm Street – about 23ft from the teenager’s window, according to the Tribune archives.

Hernandez was the only one of the four involved in the crossfire to take the case to court.

A jury initially found him guilty of arson, terrorism in the form of a burnt cross, terrorism in the form of arson targeting a person’s race, and conspiracy to commit a crime with the enhanced sentence for hate crimes in 2012.

Hernandez was eventually sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in the crossfire.

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Chloe Jones is a forensic and crime reporter at the San Luis Obispo Tribune. She is originally from Phoenix, where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and her master’s degree in investigative journalism from Arizona State University. When she’s not reporting, she loves exploring the outdoors and spoiling her two rescue dogs, Camilla and Bugsy Malone.

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