Bay Area man gets 16 years for fatally stabbing girlfriend 80 times

Bay Area man gets 16 years for fatally stabbing girlfriend 80 times

Just before pronouncing the sentence for the defendant, the judge said, “This is the most horrific case I have ever heard,” recalling evidence that Hugo Ulises Avelino-Medina, 35, of Fairfield, had fatally stabbed his girlfriend 80 times in July 2021.

Judge Carlosa R. Gutierrez, who had accepted a plea deal of second-degree murder on Nov. 28, also said, “That is something that is unheard of,” then added, “The defendant left the victim in the bed in a pool of blood” and fled.

He then sentenced Avelino-Medina to 15 years to life for the crime, plus an additional year for use of a knife, and, once released from prison, to parole for life. Gutierrez also imposed nearly $10,000 in fines and ordered Avelino-Medina to have no contact with the three children he shared with Erika Avelino, 36, of Fairfield, his girlfriend.

Before the Tuesday afternoon sentencing, Gutierrez heard a number of victim impact statements, including one from a woman who called Erika Avelino “a devout and loving mother … tragically taken too soon.”

Deputy District Attorney Shelly Moore, who led the prosecution, noted Avelino-Medina stabbed the mother of his children 80 times and traumatized the family.

Deputy Public Defender Jeannette Garcia, who represented Avelino-Medina, said her client had expressed remorse for what he did “and did not want the family to suffer through a jury trial.”

Through a Spanish language interpreter, Avelino-Medina said, “To all the family, I never wanted this to happen” and that he felt their pain. “It weighs on me,” he added.

“I’m going to pay for what I’ve done,” Avelino-Medina continued as Erika Avelino’s family, friends, relatives and neighbors filled half the public gallery in Department 9 in the Justice Center in Fairfield.

But Gutierrez said, “The court takes great insult” with Avelino-Medina’s actions, noting the defendant was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the stabbing and that he had “a history violence toward the victim.”

At the time Avelino-Medina entered his plea deal, he was facing a preliminary hearing.

At his initial arraignment on the murder allegation, Avelino-Medina also was charged with DUI and a probation violation, with both offenses occurring at the time of his arrest at 2:47 p.m. July 8 in San Rafael, according to jail records.

Events first unfolded around 11 a.m. in Fairfield, when police officers responded to the 200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue for a report of domestic violence. Upon arrival, they found Avelino’s body.

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