Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Attempted Murderer of Homeless, Ukiah Man Sentenced to Life in State Prison

The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office:


David Charles Giusti [Mugshot provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

Defendant David Charles Giusti, age 67, formerly of the streets of Ukiah, received a state prison sentence of 18 years to life Thursday afternoon in the Mendocino County Superior Court, the maximum sentence allowed by law for his case.

Convicted by jury in early April, the defendant was sentenced today for attempted murder in the first degree, the personal use of a deadly and dangerous weapon in the commission of the attempted murder, inflicting great bodily injury on the victim, and having suffered a prior Strike conviction.

As background, defendant Giusti attempted to murder another homeless man in March 2020 because the victim had the audacity to attempt to sleep on a loading dock behind a Ukiah business that the defendant claimed as his “camp.”

Testimony heard by the jury during the trial from the emergency room physician revealed it took the doctor and his staff over four hours to close and suture the approximately forty head wounds inflicted by Guisti on the victim with a metal bracket attached to a long handle. The extremely bloody crime scene reflected the brutality of the senseless attack.

The prior Strike conviction – from March 1985 – was when Giusti hit the very same victim over the head with a glass bottle and repeatedly kicked the victim in the head. Giusti was convicted back then with assault with force likely to inflict great bodily injury and actually inflicting great bodily injury on the victim.

State prison will not be a new experience for defendant Giusti as he has been there four separate times over the years, with this latest commitment likely to be his last.

The law enforcement agencies that investigated the crime and developed the evidence used at trial were the Ukiah Police Department, the California Department of Justice crime laboratory in Eureka, and the California Department of Justice DNA laboratory in Redding.

The attorney who prosecuted the defendant at trial and argued in support of the sentence imposed at Thursday afternoon’s sentencing hearing was District Attorney David Eyster.

Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Keith Faulder presided over the April trial and was the judge who handed down today’s sentence.

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9 COMMENTS

      • Alice, Hopefully you can post a link to an article about that. So people can see facts. Because Matt always says we have to show supporting docs or proof when we say bad things about people. Regardless. Right? Or would this be an exception? I’m NOT sticking up for dude at all. Just saying….

      • Local, I appreciate you bringing this up. I do think it is important to provide documentation when talking about anyone’s misdeeds, or this can become a slander/libel ecosystem. So, Alice, show us the evidence.

    • No record of his murdering his father. he has been imprisoned 4 times , in 1985 for attacking the same man he is recently been convicted of.

  1. State prison will not be a new experience for defendant Giusti as he has been there four separate times over the years, with this latest commitment likely to be his last.

    Hey Liberals and Woke heads
    How is that catch and release going for you?
    You erased 3 times your out, 4 time looooser almost beats a guy to death.
    Crime must be going down where you live with the revolving door justice system you have slowly put into place the last few decades.

    Another success story here involving your lefty judges.
    Think good thoughts- Are you kind? Let the criminal go

    • What are you rambling about? He went to prison, served his time, and committed another crime. Do you think America should have gulags like the Russians did? Send all the criminals to camps and never let them out? That would be such a great society, right?

      Hey BK Brooks, how is that brain damage going for you?

  2. James andregg was stabbed to death in wells Fargo parking lot by another homeless man Leslie but he’s out walking around like it’s ok n it’s not ok why isn’t he in jail still

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