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Emmy Award Winning TV Producer Convicted of Stabbing His Own Tenant

Andre Bauth, 38 guilty of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon

When the victim laughed at the victim's prospects to win Emmy's, the TV producer stabbed him. And the TV producer had won an Emmy, writing about a tenant who had been stabbed by his landlord. No really. It actually happened.

A jury found an Emmy-winning television producer guilty today of stabbing his Studio City tenant, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Elan S. Carr said Andre Salamán Bautista, aka Andre Bauth, 38, was found guilty of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon with allegations that he used a knife and caused great bodily injury.

Sentencing in case LA081744 is scheduled on March 22 in Department E of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Van Nuys Branch. The defendant faces 13 years in state prison.

On Sept. 8, Bautista stabbed his tenant in the chest after the victim laughed when the defendant said he would win five Academy Awards, according to court testimony.

According to evidence presented in court, Bautista had previously written and starred in an independent movie about a landlord who killed his tenants.

Andre Bauth, the 36-year-old producer and star of an indie thriller in which he plays a murderous landlord, pleaded not guilty in November to a charge that he stabbed his roommate and tenant. Bauth surrendered at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City after a days-long manhunt, an officer from the district attorney's office told the Daily News. The FBI returned him to Los Angeles shortly afterward.

The charge carries a possible sentence of up to 13 years in state prison, authorities said. Bauth's tenant Clayton Haymes, 23, told police the producer chased him with a knife on Sept. 8 of last year, after he and other roommates made light of his dream to someday win five Academy Awards.

"We all laughed a little bit," Haymes told the Daily News on Sept. 12. "The next thing I know, I'm being chased by Andre with a knife he grabbed from the kitchen."

The 36 year old Columbian lately mostly made his money running a company called the Artist Advantage Group Academy, essentially a chain of boarding homes, each of which housed up to 34 aspiring actors, writers, musicians and artists, all new arrivals to Los Angeles.


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