|Birth: ||Apr. 22, 1981|
|Death: ||Sep. 7, 2004|
California Birth Index, 1905-1995
about Ricardo Ferdinandter Abadilla
Name: Ricardo Ferdinandter Abadilla
Birth Date: 22 Apr 1981
Mother's Maiden Name: White
Birth County: San Francisco
Around the Empire
Published: Thursday, November 17, 2005 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 16, 2005 at 9:00 p.m.
SANTA ROSA 21-year-old gets prison in stabbing
A 21-year-old gang member was sentenced to prison Wednesday for nearly 14 years for the fatal stabbing of a fellow gangster at a Labor Day 2004 barbecue.
Matthew Manuel Cruz stabbed Ricardo Terrence Abadilla, 23, in the heart during during a street fight outside the party on Waltzer Road in northwest Santa Rosa.
Cruz was to be tried for second-degree murder in the case, but after two days of testimony pleaded guilty to manslaughter and no contest to assault with a deadly weapon and commission of a gang crime, both felonies, Chief Deputy District Attorney Diana Gomez said.
He was given the maximum possible sentence of 13 years and 8 months in prison, Gomez said. A conviction for second-degree murder would have earned him a sentence of 15 years to life in prison.
Police said Cruz and Abadilla had a fist fight early during the night of the gathering as the result of an ongoing dispute. When they fought again later, Cruz pulled out a knife and stabbed Abadilla, who died several hours later.
Cruz later showed up at the police department and said he'd been in a fight, though he at first denied stabbing him, police said.
He later said he'd acted in self-defense.
- Mary Callahan
According to a family tree on www.ancestry.com, Ricardo was married to Lisa and had two sons.
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