Jury recommends life in prison for man convicted of elderly Monrovia couple’s murders

From City News Service:

LOS ANGELES — A man who fatally stabbed a Monrovia couple in their 70s should be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, a downtown Los Angeles jury recommended Wednesday.
Alfredo Valenzuela, 38, was convicted July 14 of the July 2003 killings of 78-year-old Clark Shaum and his 70-year-old wife, Bernice. Valenzuela told police the couple were “like family” to him.
Valenzuela will be sentenced Sept. 14 by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lance Ito.
Valenzuela was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder, along with one count each of first-degree residential robbery, first-degree burglary and unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle.
Jurors also found true the special circumstance allegations of multiple murders and murder during the commission of a burglary and robbery, as well as the allegation that a knife was used in the crimes.
Clark Shaum was stabbed 113 times and his wife was stabbed more than 40 times and beaten to death after Valenzuela cut a screen on a bedroom window to get into the couple’s home and landed on Bernice Shaum.

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