BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A man who killed his brother by stabbing him 78 times will spend life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Narinder Kumar learned his fate Thursday in Kern County court.
A jury found Kumar guilty last month of two counts of first-degree murder. Kumar killed his brother, Moti Lal, and his brother's business partner, Balwinder Singh, in an alleged jealous fit of rage Christmas day 2009.
Kumar was an ice cream truck driver who purchased inventory from his brother, owner of GMB Ice Cream Warehouse on Belle Terrace in Bakersfield. Kumar told Eyewitness News during a jailhouse interview shortly after his 2009 arrest that he "had no choice" in killing his brother, who he claimed constantly insulted and threatened him.
During an argument at the warehouse, Kumar stabbed his brother with what he described as a large combat-style knife. Lal and his business partner wrestled the knife away from Kumar, but Kumar pulled out another knife, described as a switchblade, and attacked again.
Prosecutors said Kumar stabbed Singh 15 times. They said Kumar stabbed his brother 78 times.
A third warehouse worker, Meeka Mander, was stabbed in the hand but survived.
"Out of necessity, I did what I did," Kumar told Eyewitness News through a Punjabi interpreter in 2009. "If I get the death penalty, so be it. But, I want to make it clear to the people why this happened."