Steven Walter Robinson, the 26-year-old Anaheim man who was convicted earlier this year for stabbing two people during a 2008 horror movie inside the AMC Fullerton, received a 22 years to life sentence today.
Robinson's crime, featured here in the Weekly, gained national headline because he entered a movie theater armed with a knife, a hammer, a bottle of liquor, a condom and a baggie of cookies mixed with illegal mushrooms. As a defense to his unprovoked attacks, he claimed that he was drunk and high and that bizarre sounds and images from the film The Signal ordered him to kill. As characters in the movie were screaming, Robinson approached his popcorn-munching victims in the dark and began swinging his knife and hammer. Two men were hospitalized for their serious wounds but, thankfully, lived.
At trial, Erica Gambale, Robinson's public defender, argued that hallucinations caused the attack. But Deputy District Attorney Andrew Katz described Robinson as a freak obsessed with knives, murder and serial killers. A jury quickly sided with Katz.
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