Jealous Oceano man gets 16 years for murder
January 30, 2015
An Oceano man convicted of killing a 25-year-old Nipomo resident during a 2013 fight received a 16-year prison sentence on Wednesday. [KSBY]
Joseph Munoz, 37, stabbed to death Joseph Padilla in front of an Oceano home, allegedly due to jealousy over a woman. Munoz was accused of attacking Padilla. This occurred after Munoz had made sexual advances to the Padilla’s girlfriend.
Munoz initially pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. Earlier this month, though, he opted to plead no contest to voluntary manslaughter with enhancements for use of a deadly weapon and for four prior convictions on his record.
After the stabbing, Munoz fled the scene and evaded authorities for three days. He then led San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies on a 27-mile high-speed chase that ended in Guadalupe.
Munoz was on probation at the time of the killing.