California IN BRIEF : OAKLAND : Boy, 15, Guilty in Death of Grandmother
A 15-year-old Hayward boy who admitted stabbing his grandmother to death was found guilty of second-degree murder. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Benjamin Travis ruled that Wayne Silva intended to stab Rose Silva, 65. Silva faces a maximum 25 years to life in prison when sentenced May 18. Because Silva is a juvenile, he will be sentenced to serve the time in the California Youth Authority, which can release him at age 25. Deputy Dist. Atty. John Poppas said the boy knew what he was doing when he stabbed his grandmother seven times. “He knew she was bleeding,” Poppas told Travis. ". . . He was aware of what he was doing.” Police said Silva knew a warrant for his arrest had been issued for a previous crime. Rose Silva confronted the boy in her apartment and she was stabbed while the two argued over whether he should turn himself in.