Carlos Rosario Gonzales Murders over OC Club's No-Fondling-the-Strippers Rule

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No means no, Carlos
After spending three hours inside a Santa Ana strip club with his friends on an October 2006 afternoon, Carlos Rosario Gonzales couldn't bring himself to obey the club's rule: Don't fondle the strippers.

Worse, Gonzales couldn't appreciate that the club's security wanted to eject him when he became argumentative about the simple rule and demanded to confront the strippers.

Even worse, the violent 34-year-old convicted felon and his buddies were willing to fight to get their way.

While his buddies fought with security in the parking lot, Gonzales walked to his truck, retrieved a .38-caliber revolver, yelled, "Fuck you, motherfucker," and shot bouncer Michael Blankenhorn in the back.

According to court records, the fatal bullet pierced Blankenhorn's heart and lungs.

In 2009, an Orange County jury didn't buy Gonzales' defense: he'd shot the bouncer solely to protect one of his buddies from being attacked. Believing that the defendant was now a Third Striker (assault with a deadly weapon, robbery and now murder), Superior Court Judge John Conley sentenced him to a whopping prison term of 100 years to life, plus an additional 10 years.

Gonzales appealed, claiming he was innocent and that jurors should not have learned about his prior convictions because the knowledge discredited his defense. He also asserted that prosecutors had not adequately proved his 1998 felony assault conviction qualified as a strike.

This month, a California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana considered the complaints and partially agreed with Gonzales. Judge Conley shouldn't have applied the assault strike because of a technicality. That means that Gonzales' punishment likely will be substantially reduced.

But a three-justice panel directed by Richard M. Aronson also concluded that he was guilty of murder.

According to court records, Judge Conley has not yet scheduled a re-sentencing hearing.

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23 comments
James Morales818
James Morales818

Back in the day i use to work with him in hemet at the dam domingoni prkwy.i use to party with this cat ..to hear what has happend is disturbing...the last time i seen him he wanted me to go to church with him and his family..fuckin carlos a staight killer

bob
bob

MAN!!  this Fucker Is UGLY!!   no wonder he hung out in strip clubs for hours.. his eyes, his double chin and his receding hairline.

Mike King
Mike King

What a loser..... really can't you enjoy the view? Have to be the one who has to be all macho, then when you are getting your ass kicked pull a gun. Good riddance society does not creepy losers like this. Respect that is what you want but do not want to give?

The Kman
The Kman

What a piece of garbage....

Rif
Rif

Who wrote this headline mixing up killer with victim?  I can't make head or tail of it. 

mitch young
mitch young

"Keep 'em guessing" --that's the Weekly's journalistic approach.

R. Scott Moxley
R. Scott Moxley

Yes, it's extremely difficult--perhaps even impossible--for those readers under the age of three to decipher from the story that Gonzales is the killer and Blackenhorn was the victim.  

biffula
biffula

 Young is correct.  It is you cosmicraybill that is in the wrong.  The headline is jacked up.  Bill = fail

Now get back to the 3rd grade.  And try not to wet yourself anymore.  You're attracting flies.

biffula
biffula

 He wasn't talking about the story, he was talking about the jacked up headline.  Which, read as written, makes it look like the perp was the victim.  Nice try genius. And besides, what idiot posts with their real name?!?!?!?  You truly are a braindead tard.

biffula
biffula

 You're both wrong.  It's beaners.

Streets
Streets

"Gonna" is that a word they taught you in NYC? ........What a maroon............ 

Streets
Streets

Speaking of gramatical errors, "SHIT-STAIN",  it's Mexicans not mexicans...........fucking hillbilly............

Streets
Streets

Hey now..........Mitch graduated from the 5th grade..........

The Kman
The Kman

I actually thought you were a black man....

BetaRayBill.
BetaRayBill.

First, How do you know I m Mexican? Second, It was deliberate. lastly, Trust me while you laugh at spelling errors, the rest of the world laughs at your chauvinism.

The Kman
The Kman

What the hell is wrong with people?  Can't even get along in blogs....

Dan
Dan

hey, its minor, not monor...dont you have a toilet to unplug?... and why do mexicans insist on posting when they know the rest of us laugh at their grammatical errors?

BetaRayBill.
BetaRayBill.

Grammatical errors, a monor shortcoming for me; however there is no remedy for your genetic deficiencies.  Furthermore, I think you are tring to say "If I am going to call people dumb" I might have missed a letter, but you! You missed three, you dick stain!...You don't count as people due to your double digits IQ.  I am sure your wife know she commits an act of bestiality every time she screws you.

mitch young
mitch young

uh, cromosome--> chromosome

If you're gonna call people dumb, at least try to appear smart.

BetaRayBill.
BetaRayBill.

You are talking about Mitch Young right?  Cuz He seems be missing a cromosome, and with only double digits IQ.

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