A Newark man who fatally stabbed an Atlantic City bar worker and seriously injured another staffer during a 2009 brawl has been sentenced to 12 years in state prison.
Twenty-eight-year-old Luis Martinez pleaded guilty last fall to aggravated manslaughter and aggravated assault charges as part of a plea deal with Atlantic County prosecutors.
Martinez admitted stabbing 27-year-old Richard Rivera during the early morning brawl at the Irish Pub in March 2009. Rivera was stabbed in the heart, while fellow bar worker Richard Kutch was stabbed on the left side of his body.
Kutch was hospitalized for several days but has since recovered from his wounds.
Martinez received the 12-year term for killing Rivera and a six-year sentence for assaulting Kutch. Both terms will be served concurrently.