On June 10th, 2022

Ukiah Man Sentenced for Attempted Murder California DOJ labs in Redding and Eureka assist with case

UKIAH – On June 9, 2022, David Charles Giusti, 67, of Ukiah, was sentenced to 18 years to life in state prison for attempted murder in the first degree, the maximum sentence allowed by law for his case.

Homeless, Giusti attempted to murder another homeless man in March 2020 because the victim attempted to sleep on a loading dock behind a Ukiah business that Giusti claimed as his “camp.”   According to trial testimony, it took a doctor and his staff more than four hours to close and suture the approximately 40 head wounds Giusti inflicted on the victim with a metal bracket attached to a long handle.

Giusti has a prior conviction from March 1985 when he hit the very same victim over the head with a glass bottle and repeatedly kicked the victim in the head.  He has been sentenced to prison four separate times over the years, according to the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office.

The law enforcement agencies that investigated the crime and developed the evidence used at trial were the:

  • Ukiah Police Department,
  • California Department of Justice crime laboratory in Eureka,
  • and California Department of Justice DNA laboratory in Redding.

“The criminalists at the California Department of Justice serve numerous counties in our state by collecting and processing evidence, as well as testifying in court,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona.  “They connect so many dots in so many investigations.  They are true contributors to our public safety.”


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