Man Who Opened Fire on Hillcrest Restaurant Sentenced to 49 Years in Prison

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A man who opened fire into a Hillcrest restaurant with an assault rifle, but missed about a dozen people inside the eatery, was sentenced Friday to 49 years in state prison.

Stefano Markell Parker, 32, pleaded guilty last year to five counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm in connection with the Feb. 12, 2019, shooting at The Asian Bistro on University Avenue.

Parker previously faced nearly a dozen attempted murder counts and a potential 374 years-to-life sentence in the case.

San Diego police said that at about 7:40 p.m., Parker opened fire from the street, sending patrons inside the restaurant ducking for cover. None of the people inside was struck by gunfire.

Parker fled the scene but was arrested a short time later in an alley on Fourth Avenue, according to police, who said the rifle used in the shooting was located nearby.

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