Zachary Castro Tenorio, man who fatally stabbed brother in Mission Valley, awaits sentence
Last Updated: 108 days ago
SAN DIEGO - A martial arts enthusiast who fatally stabbed his Navy officer brother during a drunken fight in the victim's Mission Valley apartment is scheduled to be sentenced Friday at the downtown courthouse.
Zachary Castro Tenorio, 22, pleaded guilty last month to voluntary manslaughter and faces a maximum of 12 years in state prison.
In an earlier hearing, Deputy District Attorney Roy Lai said the defendant plunged a 6-inch kitchen knife into the chest of his older brother, 25-year-old Navy Ensign Jonathan "Jake" Tenorio, during the alcohol-fueled struggle on Jan. 27 but did not call for help immediately.
Police and paramedics found Jonathan Tenorio dead in a bloody bedroom sometime after 6:30 a.m.
Zachary Tenorio was arrested on murder charges after being questioned by homicide detectives. Lai did not disclose a motive for the slaying.
Jonathan Tenorio, a native of Guam, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., in May 2012 and was assigned to the San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill, Navy public-affairs Lt. Rick Chernitzer said.
The brothers' father, Joe Tenorio, told Pacific News Center in Guam that Zachary Tenorio had traveled to San Diego to compete in a weekend jiu-jitsu tournament.
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