Alleged gangster gets 7 years for bar fight

Alleged gangster gets 7 years for bar fight »Play Video
Victor Palomares, right, and fellow defendenat Oscar Martinez sit in Kern County court Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Bakersfield, Calif., for sentencing stemming from convictions for a March 2011 fight. Palomares was convicted of attempted voluntary manslaughter and got seven years in prison. Martinez was convicted of murder, but his sentencing was postponed a week.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A reputed gangster was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison for stabbing a man during a March 2011 fight.

Victor Palomares was involved in a predawn brawl at Maria Bonita restaurant and bar, 10701 Highway 178. In that fight, 20-year-old Essam Hashem was stabbed, 20-year-old Christopher Rodriguez was stabbed and possibly shot, and 21-year-old Andre Onsurez was shot and killed.

The restaurant had hosted a birthday party that night, and police said a partygoer and a patron got embroiled in a pre-existing dispute. They decided to fight after the bar closed.

Palomares was convicted of attempted voluntary manslaughter. Fellow defendant Oscar Martinez was convicted of murder, but his sentencing was postponed a week. Charges against a third man, Jared Caywood, were dismissed.