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.

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9 comments

    • joey

      It is messed up. But that's our society which is infested with criminals and thugs from every corner in Los Angeles. Nowadays, everyone has a gang member friend, so they can use them for a murder. Every teenager is a menace to our society: they have no respect nor fear to face any consequences.

  • patrick oh

    is shame our society has turn more voience n very little valve of life means nothing much. 3 guys have nice time in prision be some one bitch .

  • JOSEPH

    WHAT DO YOU EXPECT WHEN YOU DEAL WITH THOSE "GANGSTERS"??? 80 YEARS IS NOTHING,THEY SHOULD GO STREIGHT TO THE ELECTIC CHAIR OR "GAS CHMABER",PLEASE SAVE TAX PAYERS MONEY…WE DON'T NEED THOSE MONSTER IN OUR SOCIATY…SO DO A FAVOR TO SOCIATY AND EXECUTE THIS 3 ANIMALS.

  • Marlin

    If I had my way, there would be a public hanging at high noon for these low life jerks, and then a town picnic afterwards. Just like in the old wild wild west.

  • Cindy

    I hope all 3 rot in jail. 30-ish is way too old be getting in bar fights. Especially when you have to get help from your buddies because you're getting your azz kicked. They still couldn't win so they resorted to weapons. What a bunch of pansies.


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