Man receives life sentence for 2020 Dinuba murder

Marc Briseno is sentenced to life in prison for a fatal stabbing in 2020 near Dinuba, with eligibility for parole after serving 15 years

By Mid Valley Times Staff
Published March 14, 2024  • 
1:00 pm
(Rigo Moran)
(Rigo Moran)

VISALIA — A Tulare County Superior Court sentenced Marc Briseno, 27, to life in prison Monday for the stabbing death of a man near Dinuba in 2020, officials said.

The incident, which led to Briseno’s conviction, occurred on the afternoon of Sept. 27, 2020, when Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a man found unresponsive in a pickup truck on Avenue 400 near Road 104. Upon arrival, deputies discovered the man dead with a knife in his lower abdomen. Investigators obtained latent fingerprints from the vehicle and, based on a witness account, learned that two men had fled the scene in a black Dodge Charger.

Briseno’s palm print, found at the crime scene, led to his identification on Sept. 30. During questioning on Oct. 1, Briseno confessed to law enforcement that he and his roommate, co-defendant Cristian Miranda, 25, had followed the victim from Tulare to the outskirts of Dinuba for over 40 minutes before engaging in a physical altercation that ended in Briseno fatally stabbing the victim. The investigation revealed the intent to rob the victim.

On Feb. 1, 2024, a jury found Briseno guilty of second-degree murder and the use of a deadly weapon. Miranda had previously pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in January 2022 and received a six-year prison sentence.

(Tulare County District Attorney)

Under current California law, Briseno must serve at least 15 years before he is eligible for parole. Supervising Deputy District Attorney Kalina Laleva led the prosecution of the case.

Mid Valley Times Staff