SANTA ANA, Calif. -- A man convicted of stabbing a drinking buddy to death for complained about his singing has been sentenced to 16 years to life in prison.
Fifty-eight-year-old Julian Sermano was sentenced Friday on charges of second-degree murder and assault.
Prosecutors says Sermano and two acquaintances were drinking and singing at a San Juan Capistrano park in 2007 when 39-year-old Blas Gutierrez criticized Sermano and boasted he was a better singer.
Prosecutors say the pair began to argue.
A co-defendant, 34-year-old Maurico Molina of San Juan Capistrano, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the case last year and was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
Molina, who at first tried to break up the argument, ended up taking out a knife and stabbing Gutierrez, prosecutors said.
Sermano also pulled out his knife and repeatedly stabbed Gutierrez, who later died in a hospital.