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Felon Found Guilty of Fatal Stabbing in Santa Monica's Tongva Park
1900 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
By Jorge Casuso
September 18, 2019 -- A felon on probation was found guilty of second degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a man sleeping on a park bench across from Santa Monica City Hall last year, police said.Jessie Ramirez Perez, who was a 21 years old and on felony probation for assault with a deadly weapon at the time of his arrest, faces 15 years to life in prison, police said Wednesday.
The jury found him guilty Monday of murder in the second degree.
An investigation last year by the Lookout found that the suspects charged with some of Santa Monica's most violent crimes were either felons or on probation ("Suspects in Santa Monica's Most Violent Crimes Were Repeat Offenders," March 13, 2018).
Since the article was published in March of last year, several other violent crimes have been committed by repeat offenders, including Perez's fatal stabbing of Perrine in Tongva Park.
Fernando Venancio Jr., who was charged in July with raping two women in Santa Monica and attempting to rape a third, also had an extensive criminal record ("Suspect in Santa Monica Serial Rapes Has Long Criminal Record," July 26, 2019).
Santa Monica police have pointed to Proposition 47, which was approved by California voters in 2014, as having put some of those who commit violent crimes back on the streets.
Santa Monica voters approved the measure with nearly 80 percent of the vote -- 20,326 to 5,506 -- compared to voters across the state, who approved the measure with 60 percent of the vote.
The fatal stabbing in Tongva Park was one of seven homicides committed in Santa Monica last year. There have been two homicides so far this year.
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