An admitted killer was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison for stabbing to death a 23-year-old man outside a bar in Hempstead last year.

Jose Gavarrete had pleaded guilty in April at Nassau County court to  manslaughter.

Prosecutors said Gavarrete and his cousin, Manuel Antonio Gavarrete, got into a fight with Herzon Torres Alvarado while all three were drinking at El Patio Café in their hometown of Hempstead on March 7, 2012.

Gavarrete stabbed the victim repeatedly and gave the knife to his cousin to get rid of, according to prosecutors.

Manuel Gavarrete pleaded not guilty last summer to murder, weapons and tampering with evidence charges and is due back in court Nov. 26.


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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.