The second of two men convicted in a 2013 assault of three people outside a Sacramento night spot was sentenced Friday to more than 28 years in state prison.
Jovan Felix, 36, was sentenced to 28 years, four months in prison on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and assault causing great bodily injury in a near-fatal Aug. 17, 2013, stabbing of a doorman outside Level Up at J and 25th streets, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Robert Twiss ordered Friday. Jurors in April convicted Felix of the charges.
Prosecutors say the attack after closing stemmed from a botched drink served earlier to Felix and poor service he believed he had received from the club’s bartenders. Prosecutors said an angry Felix rejected several offers of a fresh pour before leaving the club with the threat: “This is how places get burned up.”
“They’ve done nothing to him except serve him a bad drink,” Twiss said.
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Felix, a career criminal with a years-long rap sheet that Twiss called “extensive,” returned to Level Up about 2 a.m., authorities said, with friend Cornelius Jones, whose own violent history stretches as long. The pair teamed up as youths for an armed robbery in 1994, prosecutors said.
Both had prior “strike” offenses under their belts – Jones, in September 2001, for stabbing a person multiple times; Felix, for shooting a man in the back in 1999 and driving off with his car after a drug deal gone bad, according to prosecutors.
On that August night, Felix “was the leader. He played a major role,” Twiss said. “He provided the weapon, in this case Cornelius Jones.”
Daniel Petty was one of the bartenders caught in the middle of the attack as they left the club for the night and was in the courtroom for Felix’s sentencing Friday.
Petty said his first thought that night was that Jones was homeless and asked if he needed help before the scene quickly and violently changed.
Jones jumped one of the bartenders from behind, punching the bartender in the back of the head, authorities said. Felix ran to the group carrying a knife as Jones turned to the doorman, chasing him down 25th Street before stabbing him in the abdomen. Jones and Felix then fled the scene.
“We were all outside the bar. The attacker was somebody we didn’t know. We were all at knife point at some point. Unfortunately, one of us did not avoid the blade,” Petty said Friday after the courtroom emptied. “It could’ve been any one of us.”
Petty said the doorman was hospitalized for three weeks.
Jones, 36, was convicted in April of attempted murder in the attack and is serving a 36 years-to-life prison sentence in the stabbing.