A man accused of murdering his lover’s husband and whose trial in San Mateo County Superior Court resulted in a hung jury this month struck a deal with prosecutors today and received a two-year prison sentence.Samuel Blackmon, 46, pleaded no contest to assault with a firearm for the July 6, 2006, shooting death of Jeffrey Henderson. Blackmon has been in custody since his arrest in 2007.With credit for time served since his arrest,Blackmon is expected to be released from jail today.Jurors deliberated for about a week after the monthlong trial and told Judge Mark Forcum on March 25 they could not reach a verdict. Seven jurors believed Blackmon was guilty and five did not.According to prosecuting attorney Al Giannini, the trial was based largely on circumstantial evidence.Cell phone records tied Blackmon to the area of the murder in Redwood City when Henderson was killed, but Blackmon insisted he was in the East Bay at the time of the shooting, Giannini said.”It was simply in light of the 7-5 hung jury that this plea bargain, suggested by Judge Forcum, was a reasonable resolution to a difficult case,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.Blackmon’s conviction of assault with a firearm is a serious felony and his second strike. If convicted of another felony, he would receive a third strike and could be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, Wagstaffe said.Upon his expected release today, Blackmon will be placed on parole for four years, according to Wagstaffe.
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