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People v Daniela Guzman

On June 30, 2015, a jury found defendant Daniela Guzman guilty of second degree murder and conspiracy to commit assault, along with gang enhancements for both charges. Previously, defendant Guzman’s brother, Rafael Tovar, and friend Daniel Lloyd Howard were convicted of murder for their role in this crime.

In September 2010, defendant Guzman invited victim Justice Afoa and his friend Anthony to a party at her family home. Defendant Guzman had previously dated Anthony, but the relationship ended poorly and Guzman’s brother (Rafael Tovar) was angry at Anthony. A fight ensued and Tovar was badly beaten. Over the next few months, Tovar conspired to murder the victim.

Numerous text messages and phone calls were sent by defendant Guzman as she tracked the victim Justice Afoa’s movements. These communications led Tovar and Howard and Tovar to know his whereabouts and on December 15, 2010, Tovar and Howard stabbed Afoa multiple times, killing him.

On August 28, 2015, she was sentenced to 15 years to Life in State Prison. The case was prosecuted by DDA Elgin Lowe with assistance from DA Inspector Mark Moreno and Victim-Witness Advocate Nadia Bueno.

Read more about People v Rafael Tovar.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015