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Man convicted of attempted murder in Folsom Boulevard nightclub incident

Prison lies ahead for a man who shot at a Folsom Boulevard club’s security guards after he was tossed from the nightspot, crashed his car in a drunken high-speed chase by police, then tried to bribe the arresting officer on his way to a hospital.

Sacramento Superior Court jurors on Tuesday found Abelino Gonzalez Nunez, 37, guilty of nine counts in all, including attempted murder, in a Dec. 16, 2013, shooting outside La Cabana Club between Howe and Watt avenues.

Jurors returned Wednesday to Sacramento Superior Court Judge Trena Burger-Plaven’s courtroom and learned that Nunez had been guilty of a prior drug conviction from 2002.

Sacramento County prosecutors say a drunken Nunez was tossed from La Cabana just after 1 a.m. after trying to start a fight. He returned in his car moments later, motioned for a security guard posted at the front entrance to come closer to his car, then opened fire, prosecutors said.

Nunez fled, leading Sacramento police on a brief chase that reached speeds of 90 mph before crashing his car into a parked truck, according to court documents.

Nunez’s blood alcohol content was 0.21 – nearly three times the legal limit – at the time of the wreck, said prosecutors.

An injured Nunez fled the wrecked car but was arrested. Nunez then offered to pay the officer $5,000 to let him go before upping the offer to $25,000, prosecutors alleged in court documents.

Nunez was arrested on suspicion of bribing a police officer.

Along with the attempted murder and bribery charges, Nunez faced an array of other allegations at trial including assault with a firearm, felony evading an officer with wanton disregard for public safety, and misdemeanor charges of hit-and-run and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Nunez faces a maximum of 31 years, 4 months in state prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 21.

Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040, @dvaughnsmith