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Gonzalez Sentenced in Street Vibrations Murder Trial

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The man convicted of killing a rival motorcycle club member during Street Vibrations two years ago has been sentenced to life in prison.

Back in August Ernesto Gonzalez was convicted of killing Jeffrey "Jethro" Pettigrew - the president of the San Jose Chapter of the Hells Angels during a brawl at John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks.

Thursday morning the Vagos member found out he'd be spending life in prison with the possibility of parole after 20 years.

The jury found the 55-year-old guilty on seven counts including first degree murder.

Judge Connie Steinheimer sentenced him on five of those counts and added a gang enhancement to the penalty. So, if Gonzalez is granted parole, he'll have to serve a minimum of eight more years before he could be freed. That's a total of at least 28 years behind bars.

The defense has pushed for a re-trial saying the jury was confused and had several un-answered questions.

Gonzalez has claimed he acted in self defense - and his lawyer says he will appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court.

Written by Arianna Bennett

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