Officials said two men from California accused a strip club of setting fire to them with an AK-47, which prohibited them from wearing masks.
Edgar Nava-Ayala, 34, and Daniel Juvenal Ocamponwa, 22, both of Anaheim, pleaded not guilty to three counts of murder and other crimes in the Halloween night shooting that injured three people, court records show.
The Orange County District Attorney’s office said in a news release, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
A third man, Juan Acosta Soto, was also subjected to multiple assaults with machine guns. He carries a maximum prison sentence of 17 years on the record and pleaded not guilty.
The prosecutor’s office said the men were evacuated on October 31 from the Sahara Theater in Anaheim, south of Los Angeles, because they rejected the demand to wear masks.
According to prosecutors, the group reportedly left, then returned to the club and opened fire with the AK-47. The release said that Nava-Ayala allegedly hit the club at least 15 times, injuring two workers and a customer.
Those arrested on December 17 were being released on $ 5 million bail.
His lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment Monday night.