A 34-year-old man was sentenced to 18 years to life prison Thursday in the beating death of a man in southeast Bakersfield.

A jury convicted Guadalupe Ruiz of second degree murder last month, and found true that he has served four prior prison terms.

Ruiz and Quinton James, 31, approached Abel Prendiz at Prendiz's apartment on south Union Avenue on Nov. 9, 2015, according to prosecutors. Prendiz didn't know the other men.

Both Ruiz and James assaulted Prendiz, Ruiz kicking him in the head with steel-toed work boots, prosecutors said. Prendiz died from the assault 18 days later. 

James pleaded no contest in August to voluntary manslaughter and is scheduled to be sentenced to 14 years in prison on Nov. 2.

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