A man was sentenced on Tuesday to 21 years in state prison for shooting at his ex-girlfriend in 2017 and setting fire to her home daycare facility in Chula Vista, where she and several adults were watching seven children.
Gustavo Sepulveda, 41, pleaded guilty in August to attempted murder and assault charges for the Oct. 2, 2017 incident at a home on Corte Condesa. Chula Vista Police said Sepulveda tried to set the two-story house on fire and broke a sliding glass door in the back of the property after his ex-girlfriend wouldn't let him in.
Police said Sepulveda opened fire on the woman while one of the ex-girlfriend's daycare workers took seven children—ranging in ages from 1 to 8 years old— to a bathroom. None of the children were physically injured in the incident.
The ex-girlfriend was not hit by the gunfire shot at her. The woman armed herself with a gun inside the home and shoots at him but missed as he broke inside the house through a glass sliding door, according to reporting Onscene T.V. at the time.
According to reporting from Onscene T.V, Sepulveda set a car on fire down the street belonging to a young man who was inside the house at the time of the incident. He had a small butane tank on him and was using it to start the fires. Sepulveda used a semi-automatic handgun, and the victim had a small revolver, according to the news source.
Sepulveda’s defense attorney Christine Basic said her client suffered from mental health issues throughout his life and claimed the incident was a result of a mental health delusion he was suffering.
In court, she said even though the attempted murder count pertains to his ex-girlfriend, Sepulveda's actions “had nothing to do with (his ex-girlfriend) or the children, even though they were the ones who were affected.''
Basic read a letter her client wrote to the victims that said, “ I endangered either your lives or the lives of your loved ones. I inflicted a terror that is unimaginable. I can never take that back. I wish I could.''
His letter continued, “I was reacting to a delusion that I firmly believed was real. My intention was the destruction of property, and the fact that I put lives in danger did not process in my mind.''