Sacto 9-1-1
February 18, 2012
Brutal Elk Grove attack results in conviction

By Carlos Alcalá

Lovie James was convicted by a Sacramento jury Friday in a violent 2011 attack on his then-69-year-old girlfriend.

James, 54, assaulted his girlfriend in her Elk Grove home, slamming her head on a tile floor and then pouring gasoline on both of them, telling her they would both die.

He then stole her car and fled, evading arrest for a week.

James was convicted of domestic violence, elder abuse, criminal threats and vehicle theft.

He faces a term of more than 20 years in prison, when he is sentenced March 23, by Judge Michael Kenny.

Call The Bee's Carlos Alcalá, (916) 321-1987.

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