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* Oakland Man Jared Adams, 26, Gets 70 Years For Carjacking And The Shooting Of Christopher Rodriguez, A 10-Year-Old Boy During Piano Lesson

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An Oakland man was sentenced today to 70 years to life in state prison for a crime spree that included firing shots in a robbery that struck a young boy while he was taking a piano lesson and left him paralyzed.Jared Adams, 26, was convicted March 30 of 12 felony counts, including carjacking former state Sen. Don Perata as he sat in his red Dodge Charger at the intersection of 51st Street and Shattuck Avenue in Oakland the afternoon of Dec. 29, 2007.Adams was also convicted of an attempted murder charge for firing three shots at Tejpal Singh, an attendant at the Chevron gas station at 4400 Piedmont Ave. in Oakland, while robbing the station the afternoon of Jan. 10, 2008.In addition, he was convicted of enhancement clauses for firing a .40-caliber gun and inflicting great bodily injury on Christopher Rodriguez, a 10-year-old boy who was taking a piano lesson across the street from the gas station at the Harmony Road Music School at the time of the robbery. Prosecutor Nancy O’Malley said one of the three shots fired by Adams traveled across the street, went through a wall and struck Rodriguez, who was left paralyzed from the waist down.Adams was also convicted of assault with a firearm, robbery, auto theft, evading a police officer, being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, shooting at an occupied building and shooting at an occupied car.Rodriguez,who’s confined to a wheelchair,told Adams at his sentencing hearing today, “I know it wasn’t your intention to shoot me, but remember – actions always have consequences.””I’m sorry about your financial problems if that’s the reason why you were robbing, and I also want to say I forgive you,” Rodriguez said.Rodriguez told Adams that “you put many people in danger” and two of the bullets almost hit his mother, who was waiting in her car outside the music school. Rodriguez, who is 12 now, attended the hearing with his parents,
Richard and Jennifer Rodriguez. His mother also spoke in court today.She told Adams that “What happened that day was not a video game where you shoot people and then press the resent button and everyone gets up and walks away.””What happened that day was real life, with real choices and real tragic results,” Jennifer Rodriguez said. “Now the real consequences must be dealt with.”Adams’ ex-girlfriend, 20-year-old Maeve 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 two weeks ago, to be sentenced to six years in state prison.A third defendant, 24-year-old Ryan McGough, also pleaded guilty to various felony charges but did not testify against Adams. His plea bargain calls for him to be sentenced to between 15 and 20 years in state prison.

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  • Jared Adams should get Christopher Rodriguez’s hospital bill. I think that will wake him up. I’m sure if Jared works in the prison’s workshop, he should be able to pay the hospital bill, and have enough left over to buy wheelchairs, pay for retrofits to accommodate the wheelchair.

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