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One of the teens charged in connection to the 2016 fatal stabbing of Luis Alberto Castaneira was sentenced to eight years in state prison Wednesday as part of a plea agreement reached last year between the prosecution and defense. 

Fernando Hernandez Garibay, 17, was originally charged, along with his co-defendants Daniel Montelongo, Abdu Delgado and Pedro Mora, with murder, assault likely to cause great bodily injury and gang enhancement. The District Attorney's Office tried Garibay and Montelongo, who were juveniles at the time of the incident, as adults for the crime. 

Garibay pleaded not guilty last June, but later admitted to the assault and gang enhancement in September. 

On Wednesday, Judge Gustavo Lavayen handed down his sentence -- an upper term of four years for the assault charge, and an additional four years for the gang allegation, to be served consecutively for a total term of eight years in state prison. Garibay is also ordered to pay restitution to the California Victim Compensation fund.

The remaining counts were dismissed pursuant to the agreement.

Castaneira was killed after a confrontation on Sept. 10, 2016, that occurred outside a home believed to be associated with Northwest Santa Maria gang members in the 900 block of West McElhaney Avenue.

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Montelongo was the first to be charged in the case, followed by Delgado and Mora a month later. It is alleged that Mora wielded the weapon that killed Castaneira. Montelongo has since pleaded no contest to being an accessory to the crime and is scheduled to be sentenced later this year.

Mora and Delgado will go to trial in August.

Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210