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Man gets life in prison for deadly 2009 Hollywood stabbing spree

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A homeless man convicted of killing a man and wounding two others in a 2009 stabbing spree was sentenced Monday to life in prison.

Domingo Linares Rodas, 58, was convicted in March of one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder, with the special allegations that he had been lying in wait and used a knife.

On the afternoon of Aug. 6, 2009, Rodas stalked Keith Falin, also homeless, until they were outside the Music Box Theater on Hollywood Boulevard, authorities said.

After Falin, 55, went to sleep, according to prosecutors, Rodas fatally stabbed him and in the following three and a half hours stabbed two other homeless men in the same area, where transients were known to sleep and socialize. All three victims suffered wounds to the left side of the chest.

Rodas was arrested two days later after a surveillance video appeared to show him holding a knife. A knife was recovered, and DNA evidence collected from it matched the three victims.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert Perry sentenced Rodas to life without parole on the murder count and two consecutive life terms on the attempted-murder counts

A jury acquitted Rodas of murder in two other stabbing deaths, one on the same day as the three for which he was convicted, and another three weeks earlier. But DNA evidence did not tie Rodas to those homicides.

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