Abilene man receives 35-year sentence for 2014 shooting that occurred after bar fight


ABILENE, Texas - An Abilene man who was convicted in May for shooting two people after a bar fight in 2014 was sentenced Friday to 35 years in prison.

Judge Thomas Wheeler handed down the sentence to Ezequiel Alvarez, a 30-year-old man who previously had been found guilty of aggravated assault.

"I hope this sends a message to the citizens of Taylor County to stop the violence and stop using weapons as an answer to their dispute," District Attorney Jim Hicks told KTXS in May.

According to the indictment, Alvarez and three other people got into a fight with Kimberly Garcia at a sports bar on Dec. 28 and followed her to a house in the 800 block of South Jefferson Street.

When they got out of the car, Alvarez began shooting into the ground. One of the shots hit Garcia's uncle, Ernest Gonzales, in the foot.

A struggle for the gun ensued during which a second victim, Victor Gonzales, was shot in the chest. Ernest Gonzales was also shot in the abdomen.

Alvarez and the other three took off when their heard sirens.

Police stopped the car a short distance later. They also found a .380 semi-automatic handgun that had been thrown out the window of the car.