Crime & Courts

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

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.

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