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Man sentenced in machete attack on roommates

August 12, 2011 |  7:37 pm

A Lawndale man was sentenced Friday to 27 years to life in prison for last year's machete attack on his two roommates that left one dead and the other seriously injured.

Carlos Arias Donis, 26, was convicted last month on one count each of second-degree murder, attempted murder and aggravated mayhem with a special allegation of causing great bodily injury, Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. Donald Syn said in a statement.

Shortly before 1 a.m. on Aug. 25, 2010, Donis attacked two of his roommates with a machete in their residence in the 15300 block of Larch Avenue. The attacks left Fernando Garcia, 23, dead at the scene. The second roommate suffered serious head injuries.

Deputies arrested Donis, who worked as a gardener, as he attempted to flee the scene.

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