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Slasher goes away for a long time

Sat, Sep 21 2013 12:00 PM Posted By: Neal Putnam

After a Chula Vista man was sentenced Monday to two life terms plus 99 years consecutively for slashing his attorney’s face and an inmate, the prosecutor remarked, “His parole officer isn’t born yet.”

Eduardo Alberto Macias, 33, will have to serve 35 actual years before he will start serving his two consecutive life terms, said Deputy District Attorney Hector Jimenez. Jimenez estimated Macias would be 86 years old before he starts serving his second life sentence.

Macias is already serving a 26-year and four-month prison term for killing Angel Torres, 30, in National City on May 20, 2007. This case runs consecutive to the two other cases.

Macias shocked a jury and others on Dec. 13, 2012, when he used a razor to cut the face of attorney William Burgener in San Diego Superior Court. Burgener was defending Macias on an attempted murder charge involving a 2010 assault in the R.J. Donovan State Prison.

Deputies removed him and Burgener was taken off the case. Macias later acted as his own attorney, and the same jury which saw the slashing convicted him of the unrelated attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and assault.

Judge Peter Deddeh said Macias wasn’t entitled to any jail credits because he was already serving time for the 2007 slaying. Deddeh ordered Macias to pay $380 for medical expenses to Burgener and fined him $20,588.
Prison officials take a portion of any wages an inmate earns to pay the fines or restitution. Approximately 40 percent of money placed on an inmate’s books by anyone is taken for fines or restitution.

Macias pleaded guilty to aggravated mayhem for Burgener’s injuries.

Macias pleaded guilty in March 2010 to voluntary manslaughter in the 2007 death of Torres, who was shot multiple times.

Court records also say Macias pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in 1995 when he was a juvenile and was sentenced to the California Youth Authority. The details of the case are sealed because Macias was prosecuted in Juvenile Court.


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