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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man accused of fatal stabbing in Cattle Club parking lot?

What happened to the man who was charged with stabbing Paul Carrallo to death in the Cattle Club parking lot in the early ’90s?

– Mike, Sacramento

Michael G. “Iron Mike” Ortiz pleaded guilty to charges of voluntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon in the Aug. 21, 1990, stabbings of Paul Carrallo, 20, and Aragorn Moser, 20, outside the Cattle Club, a bar on Folsom Boulevard.

He was sentenced to nine years in prison.

According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Carrallo died the following day of a 7-inch-deep stab wound to the chest and abdomen. Moser spent a week in the hospital, but recovered from wounds to the kidney and spleen.

Court records indicated the knifings occurred during a clash between two factions of skinheads, one known as Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice and the other a racist “white power” organization, in the parking lot outside the Cattle Club.

Ortiz, who had accompanied the “white power” group to the club, told officers he was Maced, punched in the head and stomach, and fell to one knee before pulling the knife he was carrying and swinging it in self-defense.

Moser, who was armed with Mace, claimed he used the chemical only after being stabbed by Ortiz.

According to police reports, Carallo, Moser and a number of other Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice retreated into the club with four or five skinheads chasing them. The security guard shut the door, leaving the skinheads outside banging on it.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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