MERCED — A 30-year-old man faces more than 10 years in prison in a 2008 home invasion, where he brutally attacked a 69-year-old Winton woman.
Guadalupe Maldonado was found guilty late last week by a Merced County jury of home invasion first-degree robbery, first- degree burglary and elder abuse, along with enhancements for causing great bodily injury.
He's scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Mark Bacciarini on Sept. 24.
Deputy District Attorney Matt Serratto said the attack was particularly violent, with the 69-year-old victim suffering a broken jaw and eye socket.
The victim, who is now 74 years old, has moved out of state since the attack.
Serratto said DNA evidence found at the scene of the home invasion linked Maldonado to the crime.
"I think there was pretty powerful evidence you can't deny the DNA," the prosecutor said of Friday's verdict.
The crime happened on Feb. 15, 2008, after Maldonado threw a rock through the victim's window at her home near Santa Fe Drive in Winton. Maldonado attacked the victim, beating her about the face.
The victim was knocked unconscious, but she awoke to find Maldonado leaving with her purse. Maldonado's semen was found on the victim's clothes.
The victim said she was not sexually assaulted, Serratto said. A medical exam concluded the victim hadn't been raped.
On the same day as the home invasion, Maldonado had been booked into the Merced County Jail for having a methamphetamine pipe and resisting arrest.
Serratto said it's believed Maldonado committed the home invasion a few hours after being released from jail.
However, it would be several months before Maldonado was arrested for the February 2008 home invasion. He was convicted in April 2008 of felony grand theft and given a 108-day sentence.
After his release, he was arrested again on Aug. 6, 2008, for violating his probation. At that time, a sample of his DNA was taken and submitted to a Department of Justice lab, Serratto said.
Maldonado was released, only to be arrested again on Aug. 29, 2008, for burglary.
While he was in custody on the burglary charge, the Department of Justice test results were returned, and he was tied to the home invasion after the test confirmed his DNA matched the semen found on the victim's clothes.
In October 2008, Maldonado was arrested for the home invasion.
Serratto said the victim did not know Maldonado, and it's believed he randomly chose her home.
City Editor Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or vpatton@mercedsunstar. com.