For Immediate Release
Case # 09ZF0074

February 7, 2014

Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Farrah Emami
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486





WHO: Joseph Elija Ettima, 30   


WHAT: Will be in court for the sanity phase of his trial after being convicted of murdering his grandmother and setting her house on fire while his 8-year-old brother and 3-year-old niece were inside the home. Ettima faces a maximum sentence of 27 years and eight months to life in state prison if the jury finds he was legally sane at the time of the murder. A previous press release incorrectly stated Ettima faced a sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.


WHEN: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.


WHERE: Department C-41, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana


To read more about this case, please visit the Orange County District Attorney’s website at and select the Feb. 4, 2014, press release titled, “Man Convicted of Murdering Grandmother and Setting House on Fire with Two Young Children Inside,” under Press Releases/Media Advisories.