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Man convicted in Starbucks machete attack sentenced to prison

Robert Rivas Sentenced
Posted at 12:21 PM, Feb 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 15:37:27-05

Robert Rivas, the man behind a machete attack at a Starbucks in southwest Bakersfield, could spend the rest of his life in prison. A judge sentenced Rivas to 7 years to life for the September 2018 machete attack at the Starbucks on Stockdale Highway.

Rivas was found guilty in January of multiple felonies including attempted voluntary manslaughter. After attacking a woman a good samaritan, Blaine Hodge intervened and was also attacked by Rivas.

A judge sentenced Rivas to another 8 years after he serves that initial sentence. He'll be eligible for parole after 7 years.