A 30-year-old man was convicted Wednesday of attempted murder and other counts for throwing a Molotov cocktail at a man in Long Beach, leaving him with serious burn injuries.
Jurors deliberated less than a day before finding Jacob Timothy Lagarde of Long Beach guilty of one felony count each of attempted murder, explosion with intent to murder and explosion causing mayhem or great bodily injury, along with three counts of arson.
“This case is the epitome of random, senseless crime,” Deputy District Attorney Rachel Hardiman said.
The charges stemmed from an Oct. 19, 2012, attack on a 54-year-old man who was waiting for his father outside a market in the 200 block of West Pacific Coast Highway.
Others in the area ran to the man’s aid and helped to put out the flames.
The victim suffered second- and third-degree burns to his legs and feet, was in the hospital for about seven months and still needs more surgery, according to the prosecutor.
Four days after the attack, Lagarde was arrested at an apartment complex in Long Beach following a tip to detectives. He has remained behind bars since then.
Lagarde is due back in a Long Beach courtroom for sentencing next Wednesday, when he is facing a maximum of 40 years and eight months to life in state prison, according to the prosecutor.
— Wire reports