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Man convicted in 2008 stabbing death in Guadalupe

Posted at 9:18 AM, Jun 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-10 22:19:48-04

A third man has been convicted of murder in connection with the stabbing death of a man in Guadalupe more than 10 years ago.

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office says Leonel Adrian Torres, 35, was found guilty Friday of second-degree murder and a gang enhancement.

Torres reportedly fled to Mexico after the Aug. 16, 2008 stabbing of James Michael Christie outside Roy’s Liquor in Guadalupe. He was apprehended in 2016 and extradited back to the United States, officials say.

Two other people were prosecuted and convicted in 2010 in connection with the murder.

Torres faces 15 years-to-life in prison and is due back in court for sentencing July 8.

Leonel Adrian Torres