District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced that Alberto Govea, a resident of Oxnard, pled guilty on June 27, 2014, to second degree murder, criminal threats and auto theft in connection with a crime spree from December 2013. On the morning of December 13, 2013, Govea went to the home of a friend, Juan Carlos Garcia, age 26, and attacked Mr. Garcia with a knife, stabbing him multiple times and mortally wounding him.On December 16, 2013, while the police were actively seeking Govea for the murder, the defendant threatened Oxnard resident Erik Yanez. Govea was arrested later that day at the residence of his parents in north Oxnard. Additional charges concerned a car theft that occurred on December 2, 2013. The three cases were consolidated.
The case was set for preliminary hearing at the time of the plea. Sentencing will be pronounced August 29, 2014 in courtroom 14 at 1:30 p.m. Govea will serve a stipulated sentence of 18 years to life in state prison.