A 20-year-old Monterey man pleaded guilty today to murdering a 23-year-old man with a knife in September of last year. After the second week of a jury trial, Brandon Henley admitted to stabbing Ryan Youngblood at least 15 times after the victim arrived at Henley’s ex-girlfriend’s house at 3 a.m. on Sept. 4, 2011, according to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office.
Henley had been arguing with his ex-girlfriend, who asked him to leave her house around 2:30 a.m. that morning. They had been arguing about a text message conversation she had with Youngblood, whose tires Henley had slashed at least once before within a month of that morning. Around 3 a.m., Henley arrived back at his ex-girlfriend’s apartment with a knife, the district attorney’s office said.
When Youngblood pulled in the driveway, Henley approached him, punctured one of his car tires and then proceeded to slash and stab Youngblood, according to prosecutors. Henley fled immediately after the stabbing. A forensic pathologist later confirmed that Youngblood’s injuries matched those of defensive wounds, the district attorney’s office said. Henley will be sentenced on Nov. 30 and faces a sentence of 16 years to life in prison.
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