A Queens man has beensentenced to 22 years in prison for opening fire on a 27-year-old man in a Jamaica bar in January 2013.
Reyes Manzueta, 54, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in July. Prosecutors said Manzueta was at the same bar —El Nuevo Café Latino — two weeks before the murder, when he hit a woman in the back of her head. She threw a bottle at Manzueta, and the DA’s office said the victim, Jony Gonzalez, stepped in to defend her.
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Manzueta returned to the bar two weeks later looking for Gonzalez, and shot him in thechest, back, abdomen, leg and arm with a 9mm handgun. Gonzalez died at the bar; another patron was hit but survived.
“The defendant has now been sentenced for the senseless killing of a 27-year-old man in a bar. The defendant had argued with the victim weeks earlier, but instead of letting it go he returned to the establishment seeking revenge. The defendant will remain behind bars for a lengthy term to protect society and to punish him for this brazen crime,” Queens DistrictAttorney Richard A. Brown said in a statement.
Manzueta was sentenced to 22 years in prison followed by five years of post-release supervision.
The Daily News reported that Manzueta said a dream inspired him to take the plea deal. Manzueta, who according to the News served a manslaughter charge in the 1990s, was facing up to life in prison on murder charges.