Whittier man convicted of woman’s 2007 murder

LONG BEACH — A jury Thursday convicted a Whittier man of murdering a female friend in San Pedro woman in 2007 during a robbery.
Michael Bonfiglio, 34, was found guilty of the first-degree murder of 27-year-old Ginie Samayoa, 27, of San Pedro, who was found fatally shot in her car about two blocks from her home on Jan. 30, 2007, court officials said. He was also convicted of robbing the woman and conspiracy, and the jury also found true special allegations that a firearm was used in the crime and that the murder was committed during the course of a robbery.
“Justice was done in this instance,” said Deputy District Attorney Julian Recana, who prosecuted the case.
Two other Whittier men — Raul Tiscareno, 29, and Daniel Martinez, 28 — are awaiting trial in connection with the same killing.
The three defendants and Samayoa were friends prior to the killing, and all four were together in her car when Samayoa was shot.
“Bonfiglio, Martinez and Tiscareno) were after Ginie Samayoa’s laptop computer,” Recana said. The laptop contained credit card numbers and other financial information.
“Ginie was involved in some type of identity theft and they wanted that computer,” Recana said. “During the taking of the laptop, she was shot in the head.”
Bonfiglio was ordered to return to Long Beach Superior Court May 25 for sentencing, when he faces life without the possibility of parole, officials said.
The three men killed Samayoa with a gunshot wound to the head as they robbed her of a laptop computer that contained credit card numbers and other information related to identity theft, prosecutor Julian Recana said.
Martinez, who allegedly fired the fatal shot, and Tiscareno are due in Long Beach Superior Court April 23 for trial.
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