One of two men accused of attacking bartenders following an August 2013 altercation at a J Street bar in Sacramento has been convicted of attempted murder.
A jury on Monday also found Jovan Felix, 36, guilty of assault with a deadly weapon and assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.
Another jury in November convicted Felix’s cohort, Cornelius Jones, 36, of attempted murder and assault in the case, and also found that Jones committed the attempted murder with premeditation and personally inflicted great bodily injury. A separate jury for Felix was unable to reach a unanimous verdict and the case was reassigned to trial in March, leading to Monday’s guilty verdict.
On Aug. 17, 2013, Felix went to the Level Up Lounge bar on J Street, where he was served a drink he did not like. After several offers by bartenders to make another drink, Felix became angry and reportedly said, “This is how places get burned up.”
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Felix left the bar and returned at 2 a.m. with Jones. The two paced outside the bar, and Jones popped two tires on one bartender’s vehicle, authorities said.
As the group of bartenders left the building, Jones approached one of them from behind and punched him in the back of the head. Felix ran up to the group with a knife in his hand. Jones also had a knife and began to chase one of the victims down the middle of J Street, authorities said. Jones stabbed the victim in the abdomen, then Jones and Felix left the scene.
Jones and Felix committed an armed robbery in 1994, and both men have prior strikes under California’s “three-strikes” law, prosecutors said. Jones has a prior strike from September 2001 for stabbing a person multiple times. Felix has a prior strike from December 1998 for shooting a person in the back and fleeing in the victim’s car.
Felix is to be sentenced May 22 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Robert Twiss.
Jones was sentenced in February to 36 years to life in prison.
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