Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Stabbing Ex’s Relatives, Including Mother and Infant Sister, in Their Panorama City Home
A 23-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday to more than 70 years to life in state prison after being found guilty in a domestic violence attack on his ex-girlfriends family members in their Panorama City home late last year, prosecutors said.
Pacoima resident Jorge Lopez was convicted of breaking into his ex’s mother’s home then proceeding to stab the mother along with the ex’s aunt and 11-month-old sister with a knife in the Dec. 18 attack, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.
Gomez also lunged toward his ex-girlfriend’s 3-year-old sister, but an aunt was able to protect her, investigators said.
Gomez’s former girlfriend was not in her family’s home during the attack, the Associated Press reported.
The violent incident led to a high-speed police chase after Gomez fled the scene.
The pursuit ended when Gomez overturned his vehicle outside a construction site Glendale, and he was eventually taken into custody after climbing onto a roof and engaging in a four-hour standoff with police.
A jury found Gomez guilty on Oct. 31 of four felony counts of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, along with one felony count each of fleeing a pursuing officer’s vehicle while driving recklessly and dissuading a witness by force or threat.
He was also convicted of one misdemeanor count of hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage, and the jury found true special allegations that the attempted murders were premeditated, that he personally used a knife and that he caused great bodily injury.