Man behind deadly shooting outside Kearney Market sentenced to life in prison

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A Fresno man has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison for the murder of Anthony Jones.

Before he was sentenced on Friday, Eric Gallardo, 23, issued a tearful apology to the victim's family and his own.

In 2016, Gallardo was found guilty of shooting and killing Jones inside Kearney Market.

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During the trial, Gallardo claimed Jones had grabbed the mother of his child in the buttocks and tried to kick his one-year-old baby. Gallardo says that's when he challenged Jones to a fist fight outside and a brawl began. It ultimately ended with five shots being fired and Jones left on the ground, dying.

Gallardo fled the scene but was arrested a few days later in Stockton.

The judge said based on the second-degree murder conviction and details of the crime, a 40-year sentence was the appropriate punishment.

Several members of Gallardo's family were in court Friday. They did not speak but provided letters to the judge to read and consider.
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