District Attorney Jan Scully recently announced that 36-year-old Ignacio Bulahan was convicted by jury of first degree murder. The jury also found true that he committed the murder with a knife.
On May 19, 2004, Thyotis Jackson was found dead on 1st Avenue near Broadway in Sacramento. He had been stabbed twice and his throat had been cut. Although DNA evidence was located on the victim, the Sacramento Police Department was unable to locate any witnesses to the homicide and the case remained unsolved until 2010.
In 2009, a witness came forward and reported that one night in 2004, Ignacio Bulahan came to his home with bloody clothes. At that time, Bulahan stated that he had been in an altercation with a man with whom Bulahan had a sexual encounter. The witness learned the next day that a homicide occurred near his home. He believed Bulahan was responsible and finally decided to come forward to give the family of the victim closure.
In 2010, DNA analysis conducted by the District Attorney’s Crime Lab confirmed that Bulahan was responsible for the murder.
Bulahan is facing a maximum possible sentence of 26 years to life in prison. Sentencing is set for February 8, 2012 in Department 12 of the Sacramento Superior Court.