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*Oakland Suspect Jared AdamsIn Carjacking/Shooting Admits Responsibility

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A man accused of carjacking former state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata and firing shots in a separate incident that permanently injured a 10-year-old boy at least partially admitted his guilt today in rambling and inconsistent testimony.Jared Adams, a 26-year-old Oakland man, broke down in tears on the witness stand several times as he described his involvement in a series of crimes, including carjacking a red Dodge Charger from Perata at the intersection of 51st Street and Shattuck Avenue on Dec. 29, 2007, and robbing a gas station at 4400 Piedmont Ave. in Oakland on Jan. 10, 2008.According to prosecutor Nancy O’Malley, Adams fired three shots during the robbery and one of them traveled across the street, went through a wall and struck Christopher Rodriguez, who was 10 years old at the time, while he was taking a piano lesson at the Harmony Road Music School. The shooting left Rodriguez partially paralyzed.Referring to the incident in which Perata was carjacked, Adams said, “I jumped out of my car and did it. I take complete responsibility for it.”But under cross-examination by O’Malley, Adams frequently downplayed his responsibility for the crimes for which he is charged, saying his memory is fuzzy because he was drunk during most of his alleged crimes. When O’Malley asked him why he chose the Chevron station as the station he wanted to rob, Adams said, “I do not know.”Asked if he had been driving in the Oakland hills with his girlfriend, 20-year-old Maeve Clifford, before the gas station robbery, Adams said, “Believe me, I don’t remember.”Adams claimed that he hadn’t planned beforehand to do some type of robbery that day, but he admitted that he had bought a ski mask beforehand so he could hide his face during the gas station robbery.Adams is charged with a total of 12 crimes, including attempted murder, assault with a firearm, carjacking, auto theft and receiving a stolen car.Clifford was charged with 10 felony counts in connection with the alleged crime spree, but on Jan. 12 prosecutors allowed her to plead guilty to two felony counts in exchange for her testimony against Adams.The plea agreement calls for Clifford, who testified last week, to be sentenced to six years in state prison.A third defendant, 24-year-old Ryan McGough, also pleaded guilty to various felony charges. His plea bargain calls for him to be sentenced to between 15 and 20 years in state prison.O’Malley and Adams’ lawyer, Brendon Woods, will give their closing arguments on Wednesday.

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