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A year after holdup, man who shot Ruben's Mexican Grill owner is sentenced

Man found guilty of shooting Wichita restaurant owner last year

Ruben Acosta said he’s looking forward to moving on after the man who robbed him last year was found guilty of attempted first-degree murder.
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Ruben Acosta said he’s looking forward to moving on after the man who robbed him last year was found guilty of attempted first-degree murder.

The man who shot Ruben's Mexican Grill owner Ruben Acosta three times during a robbery attempt last summer is going to prison for more than six decades.

A judge last week ordered 27-year-old Reginald Kane to serve 62 years, 9 months for attempted first-degree murder and eight other crimes connected to the June 9, 2017, holdup at the popular Delano neighborhood restaurant, 915 W. Douglas. That night Acosta, 59, was counting money at a table after closing time when one of his employees went out the back door to take out the trash.

Kane was there waiting. He ordered the employee inside, pointed a handgun at Acosta and others and demanded they hand over cash. Acosta drew a revolver and fired.

In the ensuing exchange, Kane fired at Acosta at least 13 times. Acosta suffered a collapsed lung, damage to his pelvis and hip and a severed artery.

It's taken more than a dozen surgeries and physical therapy for him to recover.

A jury convicted Kane in April. He was sentenced Friday, according to Sedgwick County District Court records.

Ruben Acosta said he’s looking forward to moving on after the man who robbed him last year was found guilty of attempted first-degree murder.

Ruben Acosta returns to his restaurant for the first time after being shot twice during a robbery. He was greeted with applause from his loyal patrons at his Delano restaurant. (July 27, 2017)

Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker
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