Crime

Oceano man who killed his wife is sentenced

Humberto Jacobo Chavez, who was found guilty of killing his wife in Oceano in August 2015, is shown in court for a preliminary hearing in November 2015.
Humberto Jacobo Chavez, who was found guilty of killing his wife in Oceano in August 2015, is shown in court for a preliminary hearing in November 2015. Joe Johnston

A year to the day after prosecutors charged him in the slaying of his wife in an August 2015 murder-suicide attempt, an Oceano man will serve at least 17 years in state prison after his sentencing Thursday in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.

Humberto Jacobo Chavez, 27, initially pleaded not guilty in the murder of 26-year-old Patricia Jacobo, but he changed his plea last month, pleading no contest to second-degree murder and felony willful harm to a child likely to cause great bodily injury.

On Thursday, Superior Court Judge John Trice sentenced Jacobo Chavez to 16 years to life in state prison for the murder, a sentence he will begin after serving a two-year term — with one year of time-served credit — for the second charge.

In a November preliminary hearing, witnesses testified that Jacobo Chavez slit Jacobo’s throat with a 5-inch knife as she slept in the early morning hours of Aug. 17, 2015, before slicing his own throat and collapsing on top of her.

Jacobo bled to death, but Jacobo Chavez survived when the victim’s sister, who also lived in the home, called the police. He was charged while recovering in a local hospital.

The couple had been married for eight years and had two sons together, ages 3 and 5.

Sheriff’s deputies responding to a domestic violence report at the home on the 2100 block of Warner Street in Oceano found the 3-year-old in blood-soaked pajamas. In an upstairs bedroom, they found Jacobo on the floor near the bed and Jacobo Chavez partially on top of her, both on their backs, one of the deputies testified.

“There was blood everywhere,” Deputy Michael Neufeld said.

It was revealed in that hearing that Jacobo had told Jacobo Chavez the night before the murder, following a party the two attended, that she didn’t want to live with him anymore. After she demanded that he leave the room, a detective testified, Jacobo sent a text message to a friend: “I’m scared he’ll come upstairs and kill me. LOL.”

Jacobo Chavez went outside, where he drank two 24-ounce beers and grabbed a knife he used as a field worker for Byrd Produce in Guadalupe.

The 3-year-old witnessed the murder and rushed into the room of his aunt, reportedly telling her, “Daddy killed Mama.”

Matt Fountain: 805-781-7909, @MattFountain1

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