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Man who stabbed employee at swinger's club sentenced to 13 years behind bars

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man who punched and stabbed an employee at a San Diego swinger's club after being asked to leave was sentenced Monday to 13 years in state prison.

Ricardo Luis Pena, 29, was convicted last October of residential burglary, petty theft and assault with a deadly weapon.

In handing down the sentence, Judge Frank Brown noted the defendant had a history with knives and violence.

The attack took place about 10 p.m. last Feb. 24 at Thad's at 3517 E St. in the Stockton area.

Pena -- whose girlfriend worked at the club -- began flirting with a female patron and was asked to leave, according to court testimony.

Police said when officers arrived at the club -- which requires men to go nude but allows women the choice of being naked or wearing lingerie -- both the victim, David Poppell, and the assailant were gone.

Later in the night, however, the victim turned up at Alvarado Hospital, where he was treated for non-life threatening wounds.

About 5:30 a.m. the next morning, Pena returned to the club with a knife and awakened the club owner, Thad Poppell, who pulled a gun on the suspect, according to court testimony.

Pena barricaded himself in a bathroom, and was arrested about a half-hour later after he jumped out of a second-story window onto a patio awning and ran.

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