Two ex-convicts who severely beat a 24-year-old man at a Riverside park, inflicting serious head trauma that put him in a coma, both pleaded guilty Monday to assault resulting in great bodily injury.
Danny Fernando Flores, 34, and Hector C. Murrillo, 26, admitted the felony count, along with a sentence-enhancing allegation of inflicting injuries that induced a coma under a plea agreement with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. In exchange for their admissions, prosecutors agreed to drop a charge of aggravated mayhem against the pair.
The pleas were made just as jury selection was to begin for their trial. Superior Court Judge David Gunn scheduled a sentencing hearing for Wednesday at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
Each defendant is being held in lieu of $1 million bail — Flores at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, Murrillo at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.
According to Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback, the victim encountered the two convicted felons during a late-night party at Myra Linn Park, located at 4540 Meredith St., that stretched into the pre-dawn hours of June 7.
A confrontation erupted between several people, including the victim, culminating in Flores and Murrillo throwing him to the ground and pummeling him until he fell unconscious, investigators said.
The defendants fled the park as witnesses called 911, according to police. However, both men were identified and taken into custody within a week of the attack.
The victim, identified in court documents only as John Doe, was admitted to Riverside Community Hospital, where he remained in a coma for several days. He has no memory of what happened to him, according to prosecutors.
Court records show that Flores is a documented member of a street gang and has multiple prior convictions, including auto theft, possession of illegal drugs and gang activity.
Murrillo’s prior convictions were not listed, but according to records, he has served time in state prison within the last five years.
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