September 1, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - An 18-year-old Reno man has been sentenced to life in prison for a gang-motivated killing and robbery southeast of downtown.
Cesar Contreras-Armas pleaded guilty in April to robbery and second-degree murder with the use of a deadly weapon in the stabbing of 20-year-old Andrew Amezcua in October.
Police say the victim and his girlfriend were walking on Yori Avenue when Contreras-Armas approached and asked if he was in a gang. A fight ensued and Amezcua was stabbed four times, including once in the heart.
After stabbing her boyfriend, police say Contreras-Armas then demanded money from the girl.
Prosecutors say Contreras-Armas, a member of the Sureno gang, was on juvenile parole at the time.
Washoe District Judge David Hardy says he'll have to serve 19 years before he's considered for parole.
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