A 50-year-old felon was sentenced Friday, June 3 to more than 40 years to life in prison for gunning down his roommate at a halfway house in Tustin.
Raul Delagarza Jr. was convicted in March of voluntary manslaughter and being a felon in possession of a firearm. As a third-striker, he was facing a maximum of 53 years to life in prison.
He was sentenced to 40 years and four months to life.
Delagarza was convicted of killing 43-year-old Seilala Faamausili about 7:20 a.m. July 24, 2017, in the 14500 block of Carfax Drive.
The defendant and victim were roommates at the halfway house when gunshots rang out and others at the residence saw Delagarza quickly leave, according to a trial brief.
Faamausili was found in his room with a single gunshot wound to his lower back and two other bullet holes were found in the wall, prosecutors said.
As Delagarza left he told a witness, “You’re a lucky (expletive), you’re lucky,” prosecutors said.
Delagarza testified that he killed his roommate in self-defense.
He was arrested at his aunt’s house three and a half hours following the shooting.
Delagarza was convicted in November 2006 of assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury, and in March 2011 of grand theft auto and leading police on a chase, with a sentencing enhancement for gang activity.
Source: Orange County Register