A 25-year-old Oakland man recently received a prison sentence of more than 15 years for robbery, use of a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm in Alameda County. He has two prior robbery convictions and two other convictions for assaulting correctional officers. The man's criminal defense lawyer requested a new trial and says that the defendant was in a different place when the crime supposedly occurred.The judge denied the request and criticized the defendant's disregard for women and the community as a whole after the prosecution reported that the defendant swore after his conviction and said that he wanted to have intercourse with a female court employee. The county prosecutor felt he should receive the maximum term because of these statements and because he also reportedly threatened to kill a witness, a bailiff and the bailiff's family. The judge sentenced him to slightly less than the maximum prison term.
Two murders took place within four hours of each other on the night of Dec. 7 in the Oakland area. That Saturday, there was another apparent murder near Jack London Square. A woman, who as pronounced dead at the scene, was shot in her home on Longfellow Avenue. Her boyfriend, who lived with her and fathered one of her children, was arrested in connection with the shooting. Police report that he called and admitted to killing his girlfriend. The couple argued prior to the shooting and had a history of domestic violence.
An Alameda County Superior Court judge has suspended proceedings against a former nursing student standing trial for the homicide of seven people and wounding of three others. His attorney expressed doubts of the man's mental competency. The judge agreed, and the accused will be examined by two psychiatrists before returning to trial in November. Proceedings will continue then if the defendant is declared mentally competent. Prosecutors have not decided whether or not they will seek the death penalty.The defendant has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of murder and three attempted murders and is currently being held without bail. The attacks occurred at Oikos University in East Oakland in April. He is being held in Dublin at Santa Rita Jail.