Murderer who fled to Mexico sentenced to life term in Tulare County

Andres Espindola
Andres Espindola Tulare County District Attorney

A judge in Tulare County Tuesday sentenced Andres Espindola to a term of 17 years to life in the fatal stabbing of a Visalia man in 2006.

Espindola, 35, fled to Mexico after the stabbing before he was returned to the United States in 2015.

Judge Joseph Kalashian handed down the sentence, which included a special allegation that Espindola used a deadly weapon in the crime, in Tulare County Superior Court.

Espindola also had a prior convictions for sexual battery, burglary, felony evading and vehicle theft.

The court found that the murder took place as Espindola started a series of altercations with residents of an apartment complex. When the boyfriend of one resident arrived, Espindola threatened him, then retrieved a knife and stabbed him in the leg. The victim died from loss of blood.

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