Jury finds man was sane while stabbing grandmother

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Updated: 2/20/2014 10:21 am

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California jury has ruled a man who stabbed his grandmother to death then set a fire in her apartment was sane at the time of the crimes.

The Orange County Register reports Wednesday's decision came in the second phase of Joseph Ettima's murder trial.

The 30-year-old was convicted earlier this month of second-degree murder and other crimes in the death of 69-year-old Emma Street-Hardwick after an argument at her home.

Though jurors did not hear evidence of a motive, prosecutors say Ettima was angry his grandmother wouldn't let him live with her.

If the jury had found him insane, he would have been committed indefinitely to a state hospital. Instead, he faces a sentence of at least 20 years to life in state prison.

Sentencing is set for March 7.

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