Q: Back in the 1980s, a young man was killed at a bar on 24th Street in Sacramento. What was the outcome of the case?
Tom, Elk Grove
A: Two brothers, Raul and Mark Lozano, pleaded guilty to the shooting death of 23-year-old Jesus G. Garcia at David’s tavern on 24th Street.
The shooting occurred March 4, 1988. According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Garcia had been involved in a couple of barroom fights with Raul Lozano earlier in the evening. Witnesses said the bartender ordered the the Lozano brothers and a third man, Andy Perkins, to leave, but they returned a few minutes later and called Garcia out into the parking lot.
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When Garcia approached Mark Lozano and told him, “Tell your brother to forget about it, it’s over,” Raul Lozano pulled a gun and began firing, witnesses said. Garcia ran back inside and collapsed in a hallway near the tavern’s restrooms. Raul Lozano followed him, firing two more shots into Garcia’s head.
Raul Lozano was sentenced to 17 years to life in prison for second-degree murder with use of a gun, and Mark Lozano was sentenced to four years in prison for voluntary manslaughter. Perkins was cleared of active participation in the crime and charges against him were dismissed.