Three teenagers who beat and stabbed a fellow Lompoc High School student a year ago in a brutal attack, have been sentenced to state prison.
Saul Rivera, 17, was sentenced to seven years in prison, which he must serve 85 percent of before he is eligible for parole. Marco Dominguez, 17, and Christian Ortiz, 18, were each sentenced to four years in prison. They must serve half the sentence before they are eligible for parole.
The three were sentenced last week by Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Patricia Kelly in Santa Maria, said Deputy District Attorney Brandon Jebens.
The teens, allegedly along with another student, who was not charged as an adult like the others, attacked then 17-year-old Brandon Moorman on March 28, 2011, in a Lompoc High School bathroom before fleeing campus.
Moorman, who police have said is not a gang member, was beaten and stabbed in the upper abdomen and in his right side. He also suffered a wound to his left hand and a slash across an eyebrow.
Moorman was treated at Lompoc Valley Medical Center and later released.
The four students charged in the attack were expelled from the Lompoc Unified School District.
Jebens said the resolution of the criminal case sends a message to teenagers who think gang fights at school are cool.
“We take it very seriously,” he said.
“They’ll be tried as adults. They’ll get prison time.”
Defense attorneys for the young men did not return phone calls seeking comment Tuesday.
Rivera, Dominguez and Ortiz were scheduled to start trial in late April, but entered no-contest pleas in the case on March 1.
Jebens said that Rivera pleaded no contest to charges of assault with a deadly weapon and gang involvement, and admitted a special allegation he caused great bodily injury to the victim.
Ortiz and Dominguez both pleaded no contest to assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury and admitted they committed the crime for the benefit of a criminal street gang.
For sentencing purposes, no contest pleas are treated the same as guilty pleas.
If convicted of all charges as originally filed, the three faced a maximum possible sentence of 14 years in state prison.