A 20-year-old man who shot to death his father in their North Redondo Beach home was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday, Sept. 9, a few weeks after taking a plea of voluntary manslaughter.
In front of several teary-eyed family members who came to support him, Vincent Maxwell Finocchio was sentenced in Torrance Superior Court.
He had earlier admitted to using a shotgun to kill his father, Frank Finocchio Jr., 46, in May 2018, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Police said an argument led up to the shooting and some neighbors reported hearing yelling. Finocchio was the one to call 911 after the shooting, officials said.
Judge Nicole Bershon said that earlier violence, stemming from the father, may have led up to the incident. That, in addition to Finocchio’s lack of a violent criminal history, were factors in determining his sentence, she said.
The judge noted that the defense had said the father had both hands stretched out in an attempt to kill his son before he was shot.
He was shot in the head, according to a coroner’s report.
Finocchio originally faced murder charges, but took a deal and pleaded to the lesser charge. If the case had gone to trial and he was convicted of murder, Finnochio would have faced 50 years to life in prison.
“I’m so sorry I didn’t take your sister and you out of this dysfunctional household,” Jessica Finocchio, the suspect’s mother and the victim’s wife, said to her son through tears in court. “I am truly sorry for that.”
Jessica Finocchio thanked her son for “always protecting me and having my back.”
Vincent Finocchio looked intently at his mother, gave an earnest smile and slowly nodded.
Jessica Finocchio said that she loved her son and will be there for him when he is released: “I can’t wait to make so many more memories with you when you get out.”
A few family members in the audience gave supportive applause as she walked back from the witness stand.
The shooting rocked the quiet North Redondo Beach neighborhood and shocked those who knew the Finocchio family. Several people said Finocchio was a caring young man.
Nigel Villanueva, Finocchio’s attorney, said he was pleased with the plea agreement.
“I believe Vincent was confronted with a really unfortunate set of circumstances the night of the shooting,” he said.
Because Finocchio is scheduled to be released while he’s still in his 20s, Villanueva said he hopes his client “can still live a very happy and prosperous life.”