Hothead Gets 50 Years For Killing Man During Fight Over Sinaloa's Superiority
Not that there are a lot of great reasons to shoot a total stranger, but a judge at a sentencing hearing today said that a murder at a Santa Ana restaurant was "as stupid as they come."Ivan Sanchez, 23, of Santa Ana was convicted earlier this year of murdering a diner at a restaurant in February 2011. An incredibly drunk Sanchez thought—mistakenly, it turned out—that the victim had disrespected the Mexican state of Sinaloa, according to City News Service.
Orange County Superior Court Judge William Froeberg sentenced Sanchez to 50 years in prison and added, "Unfortunately, I see a lot of murders in the courtroom and this is probably about as stupid as they come."
Sanchez gunned down Esteban Navarette at Mariscos La Ola restaurant the day before Valentine's Day while he was out with his wife. Navarette was dining at the restaurant while Sanchez and his companions got into an argument with another group about which Mexican state was better. Sanchez took the side of Sinaloa, while the others argued for Michoacán.
Sanchez and his friends Ricardo Rocha and his sister Maria Rocha went to fetch a gun. About 20 minutes later they returned and the group that they had been arguing with were long gone.
Sanchez thought Navarette was the man who had "disrespected" him, and he fired at him several times, hitting him once in the head. Navarette died two days later.
Ricardo Rocha, 19, was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced in June to 40 years in prison. His sister plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.