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Man gets 25-years-to-life sentence for fatal stabbing of Santa Barbara restaurant worker

Bill Oxford
A Santa Barbara County gang member is headed to prison after admitting he helped chase down, and kill a restaurant worker who was walking home after work.

Investigators say killing was unprovoked, with gang members chasing down and killing man as he was walking home from work.

A gang member has received a 25-years-to-life sentence for the fatal stabbing of a Santa Barbara restaurant worker.

Alberto Torres was walking home from work in June of 2019 when he was chased down, and attacked.

Igor Ortiz pled guilty to first-degree murder, and other charges in connection with the killing. Two other members of the gang are still in jail, facing charges in connection with the murder.

Prosecutors say the attack was unprovoked, and that Torres tried to run away before he was caught and stabbed nine times by the gang members.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.