Mocobizscene- California, Today, a 23-year-old man was given a 25-year to life sentence in state prison for the homicide of a Tustin man who was walking in his neighborhood over four years ago.
In a prior plea, Miguel Angel Orellana, a resident of Anaheim, admitted to the special allegation that he personally utilized a knife during the commission of the heinous offense of first-degree murder.
David Nakaki, 62, was strolling home from work through his neighborhood on December 9, 2019, when Orellana emerged from a vehicle and demanded payment from the victim. Orellana gravely stabbed Nakaki after he stated that he was cashless. Subsequently, Nakaki returned to the vehicle, where she absconded.
29-year-old Santa Ana resident and fiancée of Orellana, Erika Pineda, was operating the vehicle at the moment of the homicide. One felony count of conspiracy to commit a robbery and one felony count of accessory after the fact have been levied against her. Pineda is susceptible to a maximum incarceration term of five years and eight months. On April 19, a pretrial hearing is scheduled for her.
“A man was viciously murdered while out for a nighttime stroll in his own neighborhood when he claimed to have forgotten his wallet at home,” said Todd Spitzer, district attorney of Orange County. “This homicide case is as ruthless and heartless as it gets.” As a result of his irresponsible behavior, this defendant chose to endanger an individual’s life and leave behind an everlasting bereavement and mourning period for the bereaved family.
This case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy District Attorney Anna McIntire of the Homicide Unit.
Karen (Kevin) Little, Mitchell, and Claire Nakaki, his mother Atsu Nakaki, sisters Linda (Steve) Ritter and Susan (Matthew) Lorenzini, and sister-in-law Kathryn Nakaki survived him. His obituary also identified numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives as his survivors.
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