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Puerto Rican gets life term for fatal bar shooting

Puerto Rican gets life in prison for bar shooting that killed 8 people, unborn baby

Puerto Rican gets life term for fatal bar shooting

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A man convicted for his role in a 2009 Puerto Rico bar shooting that left eight people and an 8-month-old fetus dead has been sentenced to life in federal prison.

David Oquendo Rivas had been found guilty of charges including 28 counts of committing violent crimes in aid of racketeering activity.

Authorities said Oquendo was one of several suspected drug dealers who opened fire on a bar in the north town of Toa Baja that was celebrating its reopening. Nineteen people were injured and 335 spent shell-casings were found at the scene.

Oquendo was sentenced on Thursday. Co-defendant Alexis Candelario Santana was sentenced to life in prison in August.

Authorities said the owner of the bar was targeted because he had taken over Candelario's drug trafficking organization.

Updated : 2021-06-20 09:17 GMT+08:00