2012-07-27 / Front Page
Murder trial ends in guilty verdict
Gil faces 19 years to life in prison
A Camarillo gang member was convicted of second-degree murder and street terrorism last Friday, after a Ventura County jury found him guilty of fatally stabbing 18-year-old Andrew John Singler just outside of Moorpark in June 2008.
Isaac Gil, 22, faces 19 years to life in prison when he is sentenced next month for committing the two felony crimes, as well as using a deadly weapon—a knife—in the commission of the killing.
The jury found that Gil—a known member of Camarillobased street gang Non Stop Krew (NSK)—did not commit the crime to benefit his gang, and so a second special allegation was found to be untrue, court records show.
Robert “Bobby” Schwartz, Gil’s defense attorney, argued during the three-week trial in hopes of getting the murder charge lowered to involuntary manslaughter.
The jury ultimately rejected the charge that the stabbing of Singler four years ago was premeditated murder of the first degree, but still found the stabbing was done willfully and without regard for human life.
“I’m pleased he wasn’t convicted of first-degree murder, but saddened he was convicted of second-degree,” Schwartz told the Acorn.
In the early morning hours of June 14, 2008, NSK gang members started a fight at a high school graduation party in the 4300 block of Hitch Boulevard in Home Acres, an unincorporated area of Ventura County near Moorpark.
Singler, of Camarillo, was an invited guest at his friend’s party, where the parents were not home, prosecutors said.
The teenager, who was not a known gang member, was stabbed in near-total darkness, according to Deputy District Attorney Bill Haney.
Earlier reports state Singler was walking down the driveway of his friend’s home when Gil allegedly attacked him unprovoked.
Singler, who suffered multiple stab wounds, was transported by Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies to St. John’s Pleasant Valley Medical Center in Camarillo, where he was pronounced dead at about 2 a.m. the morning of the incident.
Gil was arrested on Dec. 8, 2010, after more than two years of investigation by detectives with the Sheriff’s major crimes bureau.
“Investigators methodically contacted reluctant witnesses and ultimately obtained a recorded confession from Gil,” Haney said in a statement.
According to county court records, Gil was convicted in 2008 for failing to register as a gang member. He was also sentenced to probation in May 2009 after pleading guilty to graffiti vandalism and admitting to criminal street gang activity.
Gil is currently being held without bail at Ventura County Jail until his sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for 1:30 p.m on Aug. 30 in courtroom 27 at the Hall of Justice.