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