Bakersfield man sentenced to 50 years, found guilty of first degree murder

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Bakersfield man was sentenced to 50 years behind bars on first degree murder charges.

Jose Melgoza shot a man in the back and legs as he walked down Monterey Street last year.

The victim was found lying in the street and taken to Kern Medical Center where he later died. He left behind a two-year-old daughter.

"He's a coward," the victim's sister said, "people like him should be put away for a long time."


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