A 49-year-old convicted felon was convicted Thursday of gunning down his roommate at a halfway house in Tustin.
Raul Delagarza Jr. was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Because this would be his third strike he faces up to 53 years to life in prison when he is scheduled to be sentenced June 3.
Delagarza was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury in November 2006 and grand theft auto, leading police on a chase with a sentencing enhancement for gang activity in March 2011.
Delagarza was convicted of killing 43-year-old Seilala Faamausili about 7:20 a.m. July 24, 2017, in the 14500 block of Carfax Drive.
The defendant and victim were roommates at the halfway house when gunshots rang out and others at the residence saw Delagarza quickly leave, according to a trial brief.
Faamausili was found in his room with a single gunshot wound to his lower back and two other bullet holes were found in the wall, prosecutors said.
As Delagarza left he told a witness, “You’re a lucky (expletive), you’re lucky,” prosecutors said.
Delagarza testified that he killed his roommate in self-defense.
Delagarza was arrested three and a half hours following the shooting at his aunt’s house.