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Killers Of Wildomar Pastor's Son Get Sentencing Postponement

The three men convicted of killing Ryan Armstrong, the son of Ron Armstrong, founder of Wildomar-based Cornerstone Community Church, are now scheduled for sentencing March 15.

With their attorneys seeking more time, sentencing was postponed today for three men who ambushed and killed a college student and severely injured his friend following a confrontation in a Temecula bar.

Matthew Alexis Basler, 34, Marvin Justin Black, 29, and James Wing Fung, 34, could face 80 years to life in prison for the Dec. 26, 2008, slaying of 22-year-old Ryan Joshua Armstrong and the stabbing of his friend, Joel Ross.

One of the men is seeking a new trial, and all of them have prior felony convictions that their attorneys are challenging. To give the defense additional time to prepare motions, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Angel Bermudez rescheduled the sentencing hearing to March 15.

According to prosecutors, Basler, Black and Fung -- all of San Diego -- went to E.T.'s Bar in Temecula on the same night Armstrong, Ross and about 10 of their friends went there to play pool.

The defendants and two women  were in the middle of a game when a young woman, apparently drunk, disrupted it.

Black yelled at the woman, causing her to tear up, at which point Armstrong rushed to her defense, according to a trial brief filed by Deputy District Attorney Brandon Smith.

Armstrong and Basler exchanged words, the latter inviting the Chapman University student to step outside, which Armstrong declined to do. The two sides cooled down but were kicked out of the bar anyway.

Basler, his co-defendants and their two girlfriends piled into his pickup truck and started to leave the area, but Basler was still fuming, shouting, "I'm gonna (expletive) that guy up," according to the brief.

The defendant drove around until he found Armstrong, who was in a separate parking lot with three friends.

Basler, Black and Fung jumped out of the truck and pounced on Amrstrong, stabbing the young man five times, including once in the heart, prosecutors said.

Ross attempted to intervene and was stabbed four times in his side, causing him to collapse and black out. He never identified which of the defendants attacked him, according to the D.A.'s office.

Fung's blood-stained pocket knife was recovered at the scene.

Armstrong, the son of Ron Armstrong, founder of Wildomar-based Cornerstone Community Church, died that night in a hospital.

The defendants were identified and arrested within a few days. --City News Service

American Girl January 12, 2013 at 05:41 AM
Perfect candidates to carry rocks from one end of the desert to the other , every day , all day!!Or how about chain gangs. I have a solution for over-crowding also. No one gets their own cell. Cells are given in shifts. They sleep 8 hours, then they eat and go to classes and exercise and work. No personal belongings in the cells either. I think we could house more of those idiots and maybe prison would not seem to easy anymore.
ME January 12, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Fry them and be done with it! The system has taken too long as usual to inflict the correct sentence. Sympathetic, morally defunct attorneys somehow likely believe these pukes are getting too harsh a sentence? Based on some potentially insignificant technicality? They did what they did, they crippled a family forever with pain and grief. Bye, bye losers......
rodger cambell January 12, 2013 at 04:28 PM
It's a sad day for all, when guys like this get to breath our air.. They don't deserve it and shouldn't be able to use it for one more day. This is a bad day for all mankind.
Antonio January 12, 2013 at 04:52 PM
By their expressions they don't seem the least bit concerned or remorseful. Prior felonies and out of control behavior. It would be instructive to understand their backgrounds and why they developed into cold blooded killers. I hope the courts keeps them away from society for a very long time.
Mandee J. January 21, 2013 at 10:28 AM
Seriously? Over a stupid bitch? Man, men always fight over stupid females, huh? I mean, that was brave of Armstrong,R.I.P! It took three of you pussies to kill one man? Ha! My prayers in condulences go out to the Armstrong Family! I'm soooo sorry! I know God is with you, and those 3 "men" face the punishment they truely deserve!


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