Alleged gangster gets 7 years for bar fight

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.