Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:31 am, Wed May 16, 2012.
By Katie Nelson/News-Sentinel Staff Writer | 0 comments
A Stockton man faces life in prison following his conviction of brutally beating a man outside a Lodi bar last June.
Manuel Negrete, 31, was convicted of aggravated mayhem, battery with great bodily injury and assault with great bodily injury of Angel Martinez, 28, outside of Last Call, a bar on North Sacramento Street in Lodi, on June 10, 2011, according to San Joaquin County deputy district attorney Donald Vaughn.
Vaughn said Martinez suffered a traumatic brain injury, and now will be a dependent adult for the rest of his life. He can walk, talk and speak, Vaughn said, but Martinez will forever be dependent on someone else to fully care for him.
According to witness testimony, Negrete was one of two men who brutally and repeatedly kicked Martinez in the head after a bar fight ensued outside Last Call.
The bar on North Sacramento Street has since been shut down, and was replaced by the Whiskey Barrel Saloon.
Vaughn said witnesses described the fight as a "melee" and that police were able to arrest Negrete after a witness to the fight pursued him after Negrete fled the scene.
Police arrested him a block over from where the fight occurred, Vaughn said.
Though Martinez was rushed to Lodi Memorial Hospital after suffering severe head trauma, he ended up spending over a month at Kaiser South Sacramento Hospital, where he had a hole drilled into his skull to help bring down the inflammation.
Martinez then spent over a month in a rehabilitation facility, learning to do things like walk and talk again, Vaughn said.
Negrete faces life in prison with the possibility of parole.
His sentencing will be held June 18 at 9 a.m. in Dept. 23 in Stockton.