An 18-year-old man who stabbed two people in the chest and
stomach during a gang-related fight outside a crowed Carlsbad mall the day
after Thanksgiving pleaded guilty today to assault with a deadly weapon and
Javier Benjamin Covarrubias, III, will be sentenced to nine years in
state prison at a hearing Feb. 14, said Deputy District Attorney Jon Oliphant.
The stabbings occurred outside Westfield Plaza Camino Real at 2525 El
Camino Real shortly after 12:30 a.m. Nov. 29.
Co-defendant Daniel DeLeon, 19, pleaded guilty to assault and is
expected to be sentenced to probation, Oliphant said.
Covarrubias was arrested at the nearby Moviemax Theatres shortly after
the attack. DeLeon was arrested four days later.
Both victims survived.