A mentally ill career criminal who grew up well-off in Coronado, California, is in custody for killing three passed-out bums and crippling two more with, among other things, railroad spikes & a hammer, and setting them alight with gasoline.
A San Diego man who allegedly killed three homeless men and injured two others used a railroad spike and hammer in all five of his attacks, prosecutors revealed.
Jon Guerrero, 39, was arrested in July after police officers heard his fifth victim screaming for help. He has been charged with murder, attempted murder and arson.
Guerrero, who is from the city’s affluent Coronado district, allegedly began his spree on July 3, when he drove a railroad spike into a homeless man’s head and chest.
One of the victims lived, but lost his vision to a railroad spike through his sinuses. The story describes the gruesome crimes in some detail.
Guerrero was convicted of a series of dozens of crimes, often violent ones, beginning in 1999; starting ten years later, he began to be acquitted on mental health grounds, but he continued his pattern of regular assaults and arrests.
If he were in a civilized city that had 10-20-life sentencing reform, and not in Los Angeles where the rights of a murder trump those of his victims, he’d have only been a threat to his fellow inmates. As it is, the legal system will probably turn him loose again.
Nobody likes bums, sure; but nobody kills them, either. Except for the sort of people who are rather predictable, thanks to their long record as violent criminals.
Boy’s got “issues,” sure, but there’s nothing wrong with him a crew of gandy dancers couldn’t fix.