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VICTORVILLE • In what would likely become his last case as a lawyer, Eric Fagan lost. And it definitely was the most important trial of his life.
A Victorville jury convicted Fagan on Friday of shooting his ex-girlfriend’s daughter to death in 1989 after he decided to represent himself in the cold-case trial. The trial took more than a month, but the jurors needed just several hours to reach consensus.
They found Fagan guilty of the murder of 32-year-old Cathy Paternoster using a gun and the attempted murder of her boyfriend, Carl Fuerst, causing great bodily injury.
Fagan’s expected to get about 35 years to life in prison, according to Deputy District Attorney John Thomas. The punishment rules from 1989 apply in this case, the prosecutor said. He would face more than 75 years to life in prison under the current law.
On the night of Oct. 11, 1989, the victims and Paternoster’s two daughters drove back to their waterfront house in Sprint Valley Lake. As they got out of the van, a man dressed in black jumped out from the shadows and shot the victims. The man fled the scene on foot.
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