A Ventura County judge sentenced a Los Angeles man to 27-years-to-life Thursday for fatally beating a popular Newbury Park busboy with a crowbar so severely last May that the victim was first believed to have been shot.
Despite a plea for leniency from the defendant's father, Superior Court Judge James J. McNally explained that state law required a long sentence for Raul Paul Urquidi, 23, who pleaded guilty in August to first-degree murder.
Urquidi received 25-years-to-life for the murder conviction, plus an additional year each for using a deadly weapon--the crowbar--and having a prior felony conviction. He previously had been convicted of forgery.
Urquidi fatally bludgeoned Rodolfo Macias, 25, on May 25. Urquidi and Macias had been in a dispute over Macias' girlfriend, officials said.