A young man pleaded guilty Monday to attempted murder and his female accomplice also admitted her role in an attack on a victim who was lured to an apartment complex in Mission Viejo, where he was stabbed repeatedly.
Miguel Angel Huertas, 19, and Adriana Joanna Guillen, who turned 19 Monday, were immediately sentenced to eight- and four-year prison sentences, respectively, for the May 29 stabbing attack at the Idyllwillow Apartments at 28032 Marguerite Parkway.
Huertas pleaded guilty to attempted murder and conspiracy to commit a crime, and also admitted sentencing enhancements for attempted premeditated murder, gang activity, inflicting great bodily injury on the victim and personally using a deadly weapon.
Guillen pleaded guilty to conspiracy and assault with a deadly weapon. An attempted murder charge with a sentencing enhancement for attempted premeditated murder was dropped under her plea deal.
Orange County sheriff’s deputies were alerted to the attack by a nurse at a hospital where the victim went for care, said Carrie Braun of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
Guillen agreed to lure the victim, who is in his mid-40s, to the pool at the Idyllwillow Apartments. She sent the man, whose name was withheld, an electronic message to meet her at the pool alone, according to the criminal complaint.
When the victim arrived, Huertas followed the man to a restroom and repeatedly stabbed him with a knife while an unidentified co-conspirator acted as a lookout, according to prosecutors.
The extent of the victim’s injuries was not revealed, nor did authorities disclose a motive for the attack.
Huertas has a prior conviction from September 2018 for vandalizing public property in San Juan Capistrano.
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