A Long Beach man convicted of killing a man with a screwdriver in a case of mistaken identity was sentenced Tuesday to 16 years to life in state prison.

Arturo Ruiz Torres, 34, was convicted Dec. 22 of second-degree murder for Anthony Ramirez’s stabbing death.

Jurors also found true an allegation that a screwdriver was used as a deadly weapon.

Torres wrongly believed that Ramirez — who was riding his bicycle nearby — was the man who had yelled racial slurs at him Nov. 3, 2013, according to trial testimony.

Torres stabbed Ramirez with a screwdriver, then fled the area while the 50-year-old victim died at the scene, according to Deputy District Attorney Lindsay Kurtis.

Torres was arrested six days later by Long Beach police. He has remained in jail since then.

City News Service

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