VISTA —- A North County jury on Thursday found an ex-con guilty of dousing his ex-wife with gasoline and trying to ignite it with a lighter as she picked up her granddaughter at an Oceanside dance studio.
Danny Vinci, 44, faces up to 28 years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 17 for charges including assault with a caustic chemical and making a criminal threat.
Deputy District Attorney Keith Watanabe told the jury that Vinci and the victim, who was 42 at the time of the March 11, 2010, gasoline assault, had an “on-again, off-again” relationship and a history of methamphetamine use.
Defense attorney Kathleen Cannon said her client never sparked a fire and meant only to scare his ex-wife, intentionally using a lighter that didn’t have a working firing pin.
Vinci was also convicted of domestic violence for choking the same woman on Feb. 21, 2010.
Watanabe said Vinci spent most of the past decade in prison for burglary, auto theft, drug possession and criminal threats convictions.