Nampa man sent to prison for parking lot stabbing

Angel Torres, 20, was sentenced Tuesday to three to 15 years in prison for the September attack on two men in the parking lot of a Nampa Wal-Mart.

The victims were stabbed in the back and suffered puncture wounds to their lungs. Third District Judge Chris Nye ordered Torres to pay restitution for the victims’ hospital bills.

The fight began inside the store at 5875 E Franklin Road when Torres, a member of the Northside gang, and co-defendant Anthony Villa taunted the victims and family members with gang-related comments, prosecutors said. Torres and Villa then allegedly attacked the men as they walked outside the store.

Torres pleaded guilty last month to aggravated battery and use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony. A charge of commission of a felony with intent to promote gang activity was dismissed.

Villa, 21, of Meridian, has pleaded not guilty to the same three charges and is scheduled to go to trial Monday in Caldwell.