A 41-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday to 26 years to life in prison for the murder of a Burbank resident who was found on his neighbor's porch with 32 stab wounds six years ago.
Jorge Villalobos of San Gabriel was found guilty of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Glen Giles, who was found dead on Feb. 26, 2008, the Burbank Leader reported. Villalobos' sentence includes the possibility of parole.
Through tears, relatives on Wednesday remembered Giles as a gentle giant with an infectious laugh who loved basketball.
"Our hearts are still broken," said his niece Alisa Osterman, who called Giles her role model and confidant.
The jury reached its verdict in December after a four-week trial and three days of deliberations.
Giles left a trail of blood from his bedroom, across the street, up his neighbor's driveway and on the doorbell.
Prosecutors argued that Villalobos was driven by bitterness over a love triangle that included a woman named Christina Ingram.
Prosecutors presented evidence that Villalobos had been “tracking” Giles during the weeks before his death, having called him 18 times in February from a blocked number. The last phone call from Villalobos to Giles was placed at 10:34 p.m. the night before he was found dead.
Los Angeles Coutny Superior Court Judge Suzette Clover denied a defense motion for a new trial.
Alene Tchekmedyian is a staff writer for Times Community News.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times