Gang member gets 82 years to life in prison for murder of Marines veteran

FILE -- Alonso Corona stands before a judge during a court hearing in Bakersfield, Calif., in August 2015. Corona was later convicted in the murder of Victor Anaya. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

A gang member was sentenced Tuesday to 82 years to life in prison for the murder of a Marine Corps veteran.

Victor Anaya, 23, was shot at a birthday party in August 2015 in southwest Bakersfield. Alonso Corona was convicted in March for the murder.

Anaya had just returned from a tour in Afghanistan when he went to the party.

"And these groups of eight to 10 gang members showed up uninvited, and they started using narcotics," prosecutor Cole McKnight told Eyewitness News in March.

Asked to leave, the gang members resisted, and a fight ensued.

Anaya attempted to diffuse the tension, and that intervention cost him his life.

Also shot during the altercation was Victor Anaya's cousin, David Anaya. He survived.

Jose Montoya Jr. is suspected of shooting David Anaya. Montoya Jr. remains on the loose.

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