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 Cornerstone 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 2008.
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.
Editor’s note: The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office originally gave the incorrect name of the church where the victim’s father serves. The story has been updated with the correct name. Further, a typo was fixed so that two references to the year of the killing were the same and both correct.