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Reading man sentenced to life in prison for killing man outside a nightclub

A Reading man has been sentenced in Berks County Court to life in prison for fatally shooting of a man outside a city nightclub.

Alberto Rivera-Vazquez, 29, was convicted Dec. 15 of murdering Jose Rodríguez-Bultron, 43, of Reading and wounding another man near Sixth and Cherry streets on Nov. 7, 2021.

Rivera-Vazquez was convicted of first-degree murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault and related charges.

Judge James Lillis also imposed on Rivera-Vazquez a 20- to 40-year prison sentence following the life sentence.

Rivera-Vazquez was taken into custody Nov. 10, 2021, by authorities in Puerto Rico on a warrant obtained by Reading police in the shootings. He was extradited and jailed in Berks County Prison.

Rodriguez-Bultron died in Reading Hospital following the shooting, while the second man, whose name was not released, was treated in the hospital for gunshot wounds, investigators said.

Investigators provided the following account of the shootings in the probable cause affidavit:

A witness told police that she went to La Cabana night club, 46 S. Sixth St., with Rodriguez-Bultron and several others. One of them was the other eventual shooting victim. He was hit inside the bar with a bottle by an unidentified woman. A fight erupted involving both eventual shooting victims and a man wearing a bright-blue sweater and a white hat later identified as Rivera-Vazquez.

Security guards intervened and escorted Rivera-Vazquez from the bar. A short time later, the other combatants were removed from the club

The witness said that while her party was walking in the parking lot, Rivera-Vazquez came out from between two cars, shot Rodriguez-Bulton and the other man, then fled.

Investigators obtained security camera footage from the area as well as within the bar.

They learned Rivera-Vazquez had arrived in an Acura MDX and had gone into the bar with two women. He is seen knocking over a table and quickly leaving the bar. A woman is seen following him and is heard on the audio recording saying in Spanish that he was getting a gun.

Investigators traced the vehicle to a person who had been involved in a domestic dispute with Rivera-Vazquez. They obtained photographs of Rivera-Vazquez and created a photo array from which the witness identified Rivera-Vazquez as the shooter.

Source: Berkshire mont

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