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Escondido

A 25-year-old man who drove his car into two men outside a bar, killing one of them, was sentenced Thursday to 15 years to life in state prison.

Ruben Guzman Valle of Escondido also was ordered to pay $6,000 in funeral expenses to the family of Alfredo Chavez Sandoval, 33, who watched the sentencing by San Diego Superior Court Judge William Mudd.

Guzman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the March 20 incident outside a Southeast San Diego bar. He earlier had been involved in a dispute with the two men over a woman inside the bar.

Guzman’s attorney, Wayne Gomez, told the judge the defendant had no recollection of what had occurred that night.

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Although Guzman had been drinking and had cocaine in his system, the judge remarked that the defendant probably knew what was happening. “All of this over some misunderstanding in a bar,” Mudd said.

Injured in the same incident was Cirenio Samano, 34, who suffered a broken leg, but did not appear at the sentencing.

Before his arrest, Guzman was a cook at a Rancho Bernardo seafood restaurant.


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