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Sixth man in deadly Davis bar stabbing appears in court

Joseph Sandeno, the final suspect in the Sept. 19 stabbing at KetMoRee bar in Davis, was arraigned on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. The brawl killed Los Angeles-area college student Peter Alexander Gonzales.
Joseph Sandeno, the final suspect in the Sept. 19 stabbing at KetMoRee bar in Davis, was arraigned on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. The brawl killed Los Angeles-area college student Peter Alexander Gonzales. Davis Enterprise

The sixth suspect in a fatal September stabbing at a downtown Davis bar faced a judge Wednesday.

Vacaville police arrested Joseph Gregory Sandeno, 20, about 1 a.m. Nov. 28 in connection with the deadly brawl early Sept. 19 at KetMoRee on G Street in Davis that killed Los Angeles-area college student Peter Alexander Gonzales. Gonzales, 23, was visiting Davis at the time to celebrate his sister’s wedding.

On Wednesday, Sandeno, who faces a murder charge in Gonzales’ death, appeared before Yolo Superior Court Commissioner J. Kent O’Mara. Arraignment will continue Friday to determine who will represent Sandeno in future proceedings.

Sandeno, held without bail at Yolo County jail, now joins his brother Zackary Sandeno, 21; Carlos Biviescas, 24; Martyn Contreras, 25; Anthony Rivera, 25; and Victor Vergara, 22, in county custody. They are charged with the September slaying and with committing the crime in service to a criminal street gang.

A preliminary hearing scheduled Wednesday for Biviescas, Contreras, Rivera, Vergara and Zackary Sandeno has been postponed until Jan. 28.

Gonzales, who would have turned 24 in October, worked with children with special needs in his Los Angeles-area community of Hacienda Heights and was a student at California State University, Dominguez Hills, in Carson.

The deadly attack and community concerns about crime prompted Davis leaders to impose a ban on new restaurants and bars in the city. The Davis City Council originally instituted a 45-day moratorium following Gonzales’ killing, but council members in November extended the ban into September 2016.

Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040, @dvaughnsmith

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