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Man sentenced to probation in fatal gang fight

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VISTA (CNS) - A man who pleaded guilty to an assault charge stemming from the stabbing of a teenager during a large gang fight in Oceanside a year ago was sentenced Tuesday to probation and given credit for more than a year served in county jail.

Jesus Adrian Perez was 17 when he was charged in adult court with attempted murder for attacking the 17-year-old victim, an Oceanside High School football player who suffered a collapsed lung.

A mistrial was declared last summer when a jury deadlocked 9-3 in favor of acquittal.

Last month, Perez pleaded guilty to assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury.

Prosecutors said the victim -- who is black -- was visiting friends in a neighborhood claimed by Hispanic gang members on Nov. 16, 2009, when they were attacked.

The attackers threw rocks and wood at the victim's car, and struck one of his friends in the head. During the fight, the victim was stabbed twice, and people shouted racial slurs as he ran away, prosecutors said.

Perez, now 19, was arrested six weeks later.

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