Visalia Police Department tracks down murderer in Mexico

Andres Espindola was sentenced for murder this month after hiding in Mexico for over a decade

@TheSunGazette

VISALIA – A Visalia murderer who fled to Mexico a dozen years ago is now behind bars for the rest of his life.

Andres Espindola, 35 years old

On Jan. 18, Tulare County Superior Court Judge Joseph Kalashian sentenced Andres Espindola, 35, to 16 years-to-life in prison for murder. On Nov. 6, 2018, a jury convicted Espindola of second-degree murder with the special allegation that he used a deadly weapon. Espindola also admitted to a prior prison term for sexual battery, burglary, felony evading, and vehicle theft.

On Jan. 14, 2006, Espindola was hanging out with family outside of a Visalia residence when he started a series of altercations with residents of an apartment complex across the street. Eventually, the boyfriend of one of the apartment’s residents, arrived. Espindola threatened the boyfriend before retrieving a knife from a nearby vehicle and stabbed the man in the leg. The victim died a short time later from massive blood loss.

Espindola immediately fled the scene and travelled to Mexico. In 2015, the Visalia Police Department received a tip on Espindola’s location and worked with Mexican authorities and the FBI to have him deported back to the United States. On June 17, 2017, Visalia officers interviewed him and took him in to custody.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy District Attorney Brittany Knotts and investigated by Det. Kevin Grant and Det. James Cummings of the Visalia Police Department.

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