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3 Men Sentenced to Life in Murder of Pastor’s Son

pastor-sonTEMECULA, Calif. (KTLA)  — Three San Diego County men were sentenced for the 2008 murder a pastor’s son.

Matthew Alexis Basler was sentenced to 69 years to life; Matthew Justin Black, of El Cajon, was sentenced to 70 years to life, and James Wing Fung, of San Diego, was sentenced to 71 years to life.

Armstrong is the son of Ron Armstrong, senior pastor of Crossroads Community Church in Wildomar.

Ryan Joshua Armstrong, 22, who was a student at Chapman University in Orange, was stabbed during a fight outside the ET Sports Lounge in 2009.

Armstrong suffered multiple stab wounds and died at Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar.

Prosecutors said the defendants got into an argument with Armstrong’s group of friends at the bar and jumped them later in an alley.

James Wing Fung, 33, Matthew Alexis Basler, 34, and Marvin Justin Black, 29, were found guilty of murder in Armstrong’s death as well as attempted murder and assault in attacks on two of Armstrong’s friends.

According to witness accounts, the fight began as an argument inside the bar, and then Basler started brawling with Armstrong.

The fight moved outside to an alley before the two men separated.

Basler left the alley and then returned a few minutes later in his truck with Black and Fung.

They drove up, got out and began fighting again with Armstrong and his friends.

During the fight, Ryan was fatally stabbed.