A Woodland man facing murder charges for the stabbing death of another man pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter last week, according to the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office.
Julio Demetrio Gayton, 27, is expected to receive a 13-year state prison term at his Sept. 26 sentencing hearing before Yolo Superior Court Judge Stephen Mock.
Prosecutors said Gayton and his victim, Scott Zumbrum, were among a group of people who had gathered at home in the 600 block of Elm Street on March 18. At one point, a physical fight broke out between Gayton, Zumbrum and a third person, Jessie Tapia, and Gayton stabbed the unarmed Zumbrum once in the chest.
Woodland police arrested Gayton 10 days later. Tapia, named a “person of interest” by police at the time, remains at large.
As part of the plea deal, Gayton also acknowledged using a knife and serving a prior prison term, the DA’s Office reported. His attorney, Chief Deputy Public Defender Allison Zuvela, declined to comment on the plea deal, citing the pending sentencing hearing.