TORRANCE – A Lawndale man was convicted late today of murder, attempted murder and mayhem for a machete attack that left one of his roommates dead and another seriously injured.
Deputy District Attorney Donald Syn said the Torrance Superior Court jury deliberated four days before convicting Carlos Arias Donis, 26, of one count each of second-degree murder, attempted murder and aggravated mayhem. Jurors found true allegations that Donis personally used a machete to commit the crimes and that he inflicted great bodily injury.
Superior Court Judge Mark Arnold, who presided over the trial, scheduled sentencing for Aug. 12. Donis faces a sentence of life in prison with the possibly of parole.
Donis attacked two of his roommates living in a home in the 15300 block of Larch Avenue on Aug. 25, 2010. Fernando Garcia, 23, died at the scene. The second victim, who was 22 at the time, received serious head injuries.
The defendant, who worked at a gardener, fled. He was arrested a short time later by Sheriff’s deputies and has remained in custody.