FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 5, 2006
SANTA ANA – A 17-year-old girl who was tried as an adult was convicted today of second degree murder. Nuvia Constantino, now 19, of Anaheim, was found guilty of stabbing and murdering a 17-year-old girl in an Anaheim alley fight. She now faces 15 years to life in prison. Constantino will be sentenced on August 4, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. in C30, Central Justice Center, in Santa Ana.
On January 2, 2004, Constantino and a friend got into a verbal argument with the victim, Yolanda Veloz, 17, in an Anaheim alley. The argument became heated and Constantino stabbed Veloz four times. The victim was taken to the hospital by friends and died shortly after. The victim lived in an apartment downstairs from Constantino’s friend, who had moved in one month prior to the murder.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Howard Gundy of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.