Man gets prison in slaying near strip club

February 6, 2009 7:51:08 PM PST
A Queens man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for a deadly shooting outside a strip club at a time of heightened concerns about nightlife dangers. Victor Gavalo was sentenced Friday for the October 2006 shooting outside Club Fantasia. A jury convicted the 26-year-old last month of charges including second-degree murder and attempted murder.

His lawyer didn't immediately return a telephone call Friday evening.

Prosecutors say Gavalo strode up to a parked car and fired through its windows, killing 22-year-old passenger Ernesto Salgado.

Twenty-four-year-old driver Tony Morales was seriously hurt. The victims had recently left the nightclub.

The shooting came as the city cracked down on clubs after a New Jersey teenager was abducted, raped and killed after a night at a Manhattan nightspot.


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