A 37-year-old man with a previous prison record was sentenced Friday to 64 years to life in prison for an apparently unprovoked stabbing of two friends in Anaheim.
Flavio Hernandez Marquez of Anaheim was found guilty on Oct. 25 of two counts of attempted murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, all felonies. Jurors also found true sentencing enhancement allegations for inflicting great bodily injury on the victims, the personal use of a deadly weapon and attempted premeditated murder.
Marquez stabbed a 32-year-old man in the 1100 block of West Ball Road at about 8 p.m. on Sept. 15, 2016, and about two minutes later knifed a 30-year-old woman in the 1200 block of South Walnut Street, Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt said.
The victims were taken to a hospital in critical condition, and both survived.
Marquez was charged with attempted murder in July 2003, but those charges were dropped when he pleaded guilty a year later to assault with a firearm and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
The stabbings happened near the Springhill Suites by Marriott Hotel.
The man, who one witness said was “best friends” with the defendant, was stabbed twice on the back, once on his calf and once on an arm, according to court records. He suffered a collapsed lung and had an artery removed from his left arm, according to court records.
The woman was stabbed in the neck. She told investigators she knew Marquez growing up and that they would hang out occasionally.
The attacks appeared to be unprovoked, prosecutors said in court papers. When Marquez was arrested in 2016, police said the attack was narcotics related.