CLOVIS -- Guadalupe Murillo was sentenced today to 8 years in prison for stabbing a man at Walmart in 2010.
Murillo faced a maximum sentence of 8 1/2 years in prison. The Defendant will be required to serve at least 85% of his time before he is eligible for parole, and upon release will be placed on 2 years of intensely supervised parole.
On May 28, Murillo was found guilty by a Curry County jury of two counts of felony Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon and one misdemeanor count of Unlawful Possession of a Switchblade.
On August 14, 2010, at 7:30 p.m., the victims entered Walmart with their families to buy food for a cookout. At that time, Guadalupe Murillo, an employee of Walmart, approached one victim and started to threaten to fight him.
During the argument, Murillo pulled a switchblade knife out of his pocket, opened the blade and proceeded to stab the victim several times in the chest and arms.
The other victim tried to take the knife away from Murillo and the victim was stabbed just below the chin.
Following the stabbings, Murillo went back to the automotive section where he was supposed to be working at the time of the stabbing.
Both victims were treated by EMTs at Walmart and then transported to the hospital for further care.
Clovis Police responded to Walmart and were able to locate Murillo in the clothing section of Walmart and place him under arrest.
The jury deliberated for three hours before returning guilty verdicts on all counts.