SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The suspect in a gruesome 2010 murder in Del Paso Heights was found guilty by a Sacramento County jury on Friday.
Daniel Foalima, 23, was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Arun Singh. He faces 25 years to life in prison when he’s scheduled to be sentenced July 6.
On August 7, 2010, Singh was staying alone at his daughter’s North Avenue apartment. Neighbors heard the fire alarm go off sometime after 2 a.m. and rushed to the apartment. They found Singh, 50, dead from a combination of blunt force trauma, stab wounds and asphyxiation.
One of Singh’s hands was cut off and attempt was made to sever his other hand. Every bone in his face was also broken.
Nine days later, a tip was sent to Sacramento Police detectives that directed them to the severed hand and knives in a field nearby. The tipster, a former girlfriend of Foalima’s, eventually said she heard Foalima talking about the murder.
Foalima went to the apartment to rob Singh and then tried to start a fire and dismember the victim to cover his tracks, according to police.
This was the district attorney’s office second try at a conviction against Foalima after the first jury couldn’t reach a verdict in March.