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October 10, 2012

La Guira nightclub bouncer sentenced to 90 days

LAWRENCE — The 378-pound nightclub bouncer who pleaded guilty last week to attacking a man in a fried chicken restaurant — allegedly while accusing him of snitching on Mayor William Lantigua — was sentenced to 90 days in jail yesterday, minus the 60 he’s already served.

The bouncer, David Figueroa, 26, was sent back to the Middleton House of Correction after Lawrence District Court Judge James Barretto imposed the sentence, which followed Figueroa’s guilty plea last week.

Figueroa initially pleaded not guilty to assault and witness intimidation charges after the attack on Antonio Arevalo, which was recorded by the restaurant’s security camera and by the voice mail of an Eagle-Tribune reporter Arevalo called as the attack was underway. The tape, which gave the incident local notoriety when it was posted on YouTube, shows Figueroa towering over Arevalo, flinging him by his jacket around the restaurant’s kitchen and punching him in the head.

Figueroa is more than a foot taller and 225 pounds heavier than Arevalo, who’s arm was broken in two places in the April 30, 2011, attack.

The witness intimidation charge was later dismissed.

Barretto released Figueroa on $2,500 bail after the attack, but revoked the bail and sent him back to jail after Figueroa was arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, a charge that was later dropped. He served 60 days.

Arevalo, a 45-year-old Spanish language translator, is an outspoken political opponent of Lantigua’s and often chronicled the mayor’s visits to local nightclubs and restaurants, including at La Guira nightclub, where Figueroa worked as a bouncer. He told police he believed the attack against him was motivated by his opposition to Lantigua, an account that appeared to be supported by the cell phone recording Arevalo left on the Eagle-Tribune voice mail at the time of the attack at 4 a.m.

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