A San Francisco Superior Court judge today sentenced a San Francisco drug dealer to 78 years to life in prison for the fatal stabbing of another man during a dispute over illegal prescription drugs in the city’s Tenderloin District in 2007.Vincent Hall, 40, was found guilty Feb. 4 of second-degree murder for the slaying of Devin Marzullo, 30, of Fairfield, on June 2, 2007. He was also convicted of possession and sale of OxyContin.Police found Marzullo that night near the intersection of Golden Gate Avenue and Jones Street with a single stab wound to his heart. He died later at San Francisco General Hospital. Marzullo and a friend had come to San Francisco that night to buy OxyContin, and during the transaction with Hall, Marzullo was stabbed, attorneys said.judge Jerome Benson called the attack “unprovoked and sudden.” “This was a very tragic and senseless case,” said Benson.In his sentencing under California’s three-strikes law, Benson noted that Hall had served three prior prison terms and was on parole at the time of the killing. Hall’s parole was for a 1993 kidnapping and robbery, according to prosecutors.Hall refused to leave his jail cell today for the sentencing hearing. In a victim impact hearing Thursday attended by Marzullo’s family, which Hall also refused to attend, Devin Marzullo’s older sister Tonya Zirelli recalled him as “a generous and kind person.””Since having my own kids, I realize what a gift every child is to this world, and the world is going to miss him,” Zirelli said.Hall was arrested and charged with murder in November 2007 while in custody on unrelated charges of assault and two drug cases for alleged sales of prescription pills to an undercover police officer, according to his attorney, Brendan Conroy.Prosecutors said a medical examiner’s report showed traces of OxyContin in Marzullo’s body at the time of the killing, and cell phone records placed Hall’s cell phone in the area at the time Marzullo was stabbed.Hall, who was witnessed fleeing the stabbing on a bicycle, admitted he frequented the area and rode a bike, but denied he stabbed Marzullo, Conroy said.Marzullo’s friend testified during the trial that Hall was “strikingly similar” to the killer, Conroy said.
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