Daniel Lucas Colondres was found guilty of the attempted murder of Taylor George and attempted voluntary manslaughter of Shanti Reynolds in Nevada County Superior Court on Wednesday.
Colondres, who was 25 at the time of the crime, had been stalking Reynolds for a period of time before he broke into her residence in the 14000 block of Lake Wildwood Drive in the gated Lake Wildwood community west of Grass Valley on Aug. 20, 2011.
He slashed Reynolds and her boyfriend, Taylor George, with a knife before a neighbor drove him off by hitting him with a golf club.
The night of Aug. 19, Reynolds testified that she was at home and asleep in bed with her boyfriend.
She said she woke up around 1 a.m. when her Dachshund ran across the bed.
“I saw a shadow leaning over Taylor (George),” Reynolds said, telling the jury that she was “sure” the masked man was Colondres.
“He had a knife in his hand,” she said. “It was raised over his head.”
Reynolds said she tried to push Colondres away and he punched George in the head about eight times.
“I started screaming, and pushed him, and he pushed me,” she said.
“He said we were all going to die tonight.”
Reynolds said she and George both tried to hold the serrated steak knife away. She sustained knife wounds to her hand, knee and ankle, and said she did not know how those were sustained.
“I started screaming really loud,” Reynolds said. “I didn’t have any weapons … the only thing I could do was scream.”
Pam and Jeff Love, who live next door, did hear her screams and ran to help, she said.
Reynolds testified that she saw Jeff Love hit Colondres twice in the head with a golf club before the assailant fled.
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