Salt Lake City man convicted of murder in fatal stabbing outside strip club

Published: Tuesday, March 25 2014 1:58 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake City man has been convicted of murder for stabbing another man in a strip club parking lot.

A jury found Isaac Anthony Gallegos, 45, guilty Friday of murder, a first-degree felony; obstructing justice, a second-degree felony; and aggravated assault, a third-degree felony. Gallegos killed Dustin D. Hoffman in an altercation on Nov. 11, 2012.

Both Hoffman, 27, and a 29-year-old security guard were stabbed in the incident at Southern Exposure, 3420 S. State.

According to charges filed in 3rd District Court, a fight broke out and a witness reported seeing Gallegos with a knife. The same witness said he saw Gallegos hit Hoffman in the chest, prompting Hoffman to fall to the ground.

A second witness said he was trying to help security guards break up the fight when he saw Gallegos with the knife. He told police he saw Gallegos stab a bouncer in the side, the charges state.

Hoffman died at the scene, according to charging documents. His death was ruled a homicide caused by two stab wounds. The bouncer was hospitalized for serious injuries but survived.

Sentencing in the case has been set for May 19.

— Emiley Morgan

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