Attempt Murder Guilty Plea
updated: Aug 20, 2013, 3:09 PM
Source: District Attorney
District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced that today, August 20, 2013, Lorenzo
Padilla, age 28, pled guilty to committing an attempted murder on a custodial
officer. He also admitted that he committed the attempted murder for the
benefit of a criminal street gang and that he did so with the intent of
inflicting great bodily injury upon the officer.
The defendant is currently serving a sentence of 59 years to life for three
prior attempted murder convictions. Today, the defendant was immediately
sentenced to an additional 22 years in state prison. His resulting life sentence
is now 81 years to life.
This attack took place on October 13, 2011, at the Santa Maria Court in a jail
holding facility. Mr. Padilla committed the attempted murder on a custodial
officer during the pendency of his criminal jury trial. He was convicted of
those charges. Mr. Padilla used a jail-made shank to attack the officer, who
was from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department.
District Attorney Dudley stated, "This case illustrates the dangers of working
with violent gang members in our jail and holding facilities. The custody
officers must maintain constant vigilance for their own safety and the safety of
others. We acknowledge and appreciate the dedication of the officers to protect
those of us inside and outside our jail."
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