Two men sentenced in World Cup party murder
CHULA VISTA, Calif. — A judge Friday handed down life prison terms for two men convicted in the shooting death of a father of four during a fight at a World Cup viewing party at a National City restaurant last year.
Daniel Arce Gonzalez, 37, and Salvador Oswaldo Chavez, 38, were both found guilty of second-degree murder in the June 17, 2014, death of 36-year-old Josue Crook.
Gonzalez was sentenced to 47 years and eight months to life in prison and Chavez was sentenced to 17 years to life behind bars.
Chavez was also convicted of assault with a deadly weapon for stabbing a second victim outside the restaurant on Highland Avenue.
Deputy District Attorney Melissa Diaz said a fight started when one person in the defendant’s group thought somebody in the victim’s group looked at him funny and started a fistfight at the Rincon Del Mar restaurant.
The fight quickly escalated and Chavez stood guard when Gonzalez pulled out a handgun and shot Crook — a nursing assistant — multiple times in front of the restaurant where patrons had gathered to watch the Mexico-Brazil World Cup soccer match, Diaz said.
“Mr. Gonzalez and Mr. Chavez acted as a team during the entire time that they were there, each looking out for one another, focusing on one another, assisting one another and helping one another during the entire murder and stabbing,” Diaz said after the verdict.
Gonzalez was arrested in Tijuana a month after the murder and returned to San Diego County to stand trial.