HAYWARD — Two men arrested in relationship with a Hayward lethal stabbing — 1 charged with murder, the other with accent — acknowledged plea offers, court docket information demonstrate.
Javier Melgoza, 25, pleaded no contest to murder, but prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed he was legally insane when he fatally stabbed 42-calendar year-old Jason Jeffrey Villegas to death in August 2016. Jesse Quinonez, 32, pleaded no contest to accessory and was sentenced to time presently served, data exhibit.
Melgoza was arrested just after a few youngsters who witnessed the stabbing identified him. Quinonez — who drove Melgoza absent from the scene of the stabbing — finally told police that he thought Melgoza was just hitting Villegas in the course of an argument and didn’t realize he had a knife, authorities stated in court docket data.
At Melgoza’s sentencing earlier this yr, Erica Ojeda — who recognized herself as the mother of Villegas’ kid — described telling her daughter that her father had been killed.
“I’ll never forget about her facial area when she listened to me tell her that her daddy went to heaven,” Ojeda claimed. She later included, “They ended up best buddies. She adored him just as considerably as he adored her. She was a daddy’s woman. He has by now skipped numerous accomplishment and milestones in her life, and he’ll by no means be there for her as a father must be for their daughter.”
Melgoza’s legal professional, Seth Morris, described the case as a tragic and reported his consumer is “severely mentally unwell.” He reported Melgoza experienced been positioned in an involuntary psychiatric keep months ahead of the stabbing.
“He was so mentally sick at the time of the incident, that two court-appointed doctors opined that he was not guilty by motive of madness. Lawfully, that suggests that as a result of his psychological illness or problem, he could not, at the time of the incident, distinguish between appropriate from erroneous,” Morris reported in an e-mail. “The tragic result of his mental ailment led to the tragic death of somebody who did not should have to die.”
The conditions of the deal suggest that Melgoza can be held in a mental establishment for as long as he would have been incarcerated for second diploma murder, which carries a sentence of 15 many years to daily life. He could also be introduced if health professionals concur he is no extended a danger to society.
Villegas was stabbed to loss of life Aug. 14, 2016, on the 900 block of Cottonwood Avenue in Hayward. It was a small length from his household, according to police.