SACRAMENTO—The second of two men accused of attacking bartenders at a Sacramento bar in August 2013 was convicted of attempted murder on Tuesday, April 21.
According to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, a jury found Jovan Felix, 36, guilty of two counts of assault after he argued with bartenders at the Level Up Lounge over a drink he didn’t like. The bartender attempted to make things right by offering to remake his drink several times.
Felix reported said, “This is how places get burned up.”
He left the bar but returned at 2:00 a.m. with his friend Cornelius Jones, who then popped two tires on one of the bartenders’ vehicles, authorities said. The two then attacked a group of bartenders who were leaving at the end of the night. Jones punched one of them in the back of the head and then chased another victim down J Street, near Chicago Fire Pizza, before stabbing him in the abdomen. Felix also had a knife that he used to threaten the bartenders.
Jones, 36, was convicted of several charges, including attempted murder and assault, and was sentenced in February to 36 years to life in prison.
Both suspects committed armed robbery in 1994 and have prior strikes under California’s “three-strikes” law, prosecutors said. Jones also has prior strike for stabbing a person multiple times in September of 2001. When arrested in the 2013 case, Jones was also charged with inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or co-habitant – domestic violence.
Felix, meanwhile, has a prior strike for shooting a person in the back and then fleeing in their vehicle, in December of 1998.
Felix is set to be sentenced May 22 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Robert Twiss.