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Man sentenced for 2010 Santa Barbara murder

Posted at 5:54 PM, Nov 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-05 20:54:38-05

A 26-year-old man was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison Monday for a murder in Santa Barbara in 2010.

Eutimio Aispuro pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the death of Samuel Bautista Justo, 36.

Justo was found dead in his Santa Barbara apartment on Sept. 20, 2010. He had been stabbed more than 50 times.

Samuel Bautista Justo


DNA found under Justo’s fingernails helped investigators identify Aispuro as the suspect.

Aispuro reportedly fled to Mexico after the murder. In 2016, he was arrested by Customs and Border Protection Authorities near Lukeville, Arizona for illegal entry into the United States. When Customs officials realized Aispuro had a warrant out for his arrest, they contacted the Santa Barbara Police Department.

Eutimio Aispuro


According to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office, Aispuro confessed to investigators that he killed Justo after the two had a sexual encounter, then destroyed evidence and stole items from the victim’s apartment before fleeing to Mexico.