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.
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.