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* San Francisco Man Ijeoma Ogbuagu Convicted Of Murdering 23-Year-Old Royshawn Holden Outside Pot Club

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San Francisco jurors today convicted a 21-year-old man of first-degree murder for his role in a 2008 robbery outside a Mission District pot club that led to a fatal shooting. Ijeoma Ogbuagu, of San Francisco, was accused under the state’s felony murder rule for the armed robbery of 23-year-old Royshawn Holden and another man outside the Mr. Nice Guy marijuana dispensary on the night of Sept. 14.Holden and a friend had gone to the club to buy marijuana that night, and as they got into their car to leave, police said two men robbed them at gunpoint, taking the pot, cell phones and $2 in cash.Holden was then fatally shot, allegedly by the second man, who is not in custody. Holden’s friend was able to escape on foot, and later returned to speak with police.The friend, a man prosecutors have requested not be identified out of concern for his safety, testified during Ogbuagu’s trial that he had “not a doubt at all” that Ogbuagu was one of the men who robbed him.After about two and a half days of deliberation, the jury found Ogbuagu guilty of first-degree murder with an allegation of firearm use, and guilty of two counts of second-degree robbery. He bowed his head as the verdict was read this afternoon.Ogbuagu faces 26 years to life in prison at his sentencing Aug.11.Police arrested Ogbuagu in Burlingame on Sept. 23, after the friend picked his photo out of a San Francisco middle school yearbook shown to him by a member of Holden’s family.The friend also said he was certain Julius Hughes, 25, of Brentwood, was the shooter, having identified him from a photo on MySpace.Hughes was arrested Dec. 5, but he was released from custody in late February after a criminal grand jury failed to indict him for murder because the friend’s identification was not strong enough.According to the felony murder rule, prosecutors can charge participants in certain violent felonies — such as robbery, kidnapping and rape — that result in a murder as if they had committed the murder themselves.Ogbuagu’s attorney, Franz Fuetsch, questioned the friend’s identification of his client during the trial, alluding to poor lighting conditions that night, but prosecutor Michael Swart said evidence showed he had been nearly face to face with Ogbuagu when Ogbuagu leaned into the car to rifle through the glove box.

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  • TO THEREALONE, THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENT REGUARDING MY SON IJEOMA MYSELF HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND YOU AS WELL HAVE FAITH IN MY SON PPL KNOW IJEOMA COULD NOT DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT HE IS NOT THAT PERSON TO TAKE SOME LIFE FROM THEM. HE IS A GOOD FATHER TO HIS DAUGHTER WHOM HE MISSES DEARLY, HE IS A GREAT SON AND BROTHER TO HIS OLDER BRAH AND LIL SIS. WE ALL MISS HIM SO MUCH WE HAVE FAITH THAT HE WILL BE SET FREE I PRAY DAY AND NIGHT FOR THE RELEASE OF MY SON, I WISH THAT SOMEONE WILL STEP UP AND TELL WHAT THEY KNOW TO HELP FREE MY SON.HELP FREE MY SON.

  • well i know IJEOMA personally and never have i ever once thought that he had anything to do with this. he wouldnt hurt a fly if he could that was one of my best friends and i miss him to death i wish all of this would just go away and he can come home. i also wanna say i feel where the holden family is coming and my ROYSHAWN Rest In Peace and the one that really did it made his bed and now he is laying in it i think we all know who im talking about…. so free IJEOMA….. RIP ROYSHAWN and JULIUS you had to pay for what you did and thats actually what happen

  • SEEMS YOU LEFT TWO COMMENTS 5 MINUTES APART WELL FOR STARTERS MY SON IS NO THUG HE IS AN ARTIST, A LOVING SON, FATHER ,AND BROTHER AND GRANDSON. AND NOT A HOOLIGAN YOU DONT KNOW MY SON. YOU JUST WANT SOMETHING TO SAY MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU DOING SOMETHING TRYING TO SAY BAD THING’S ABOUT MY SON I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS THEY MAKE ME STRONGER EACH TIME I READ THEM LEAVE MY SON ALONE.

  • THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS I HAVE A RIGHT TO SAY WHAT I WANT AND HOW I WANT AND FOR THAT LAST PERSON WHO MADE A COMMENT YOU DONT KNOW ME OR MY SON. MY SON DID NOTHING WRONG HE KILLED NO ONE
    I WILL KEEP SAYING WHAT I WANT IF YOU DONT LIKE IT THATS IS YOU SO WHAT, AND KEEP IN MIND IAM WELL EDUCATED AND REPECTFUL BUT YESI WILL GET DISREPECTFUL WHEN IT COMES TO MY KIDS AND OUT OF ANGER SO I SAY WHAT I WANT. THOSE PEOPLE KNOW MY SON DID NOTHING WRONG, AND WHEN THEY KNOW THE TRUTH WHO WILL BE SORRY THEN THEM NOT ME I SAID BERFORE I AM SORRY FOR THEIR LOST BUT MY SON HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. MY SON WILL HAVE JUSTICE TOO SOON AS HE IS FREE. SO IF YOU DONT MIND HELP FREE MY SON OR KEEP YOUR COMMENTS TO YOURSELF BECAUSE I WILL SAY WHAT I WANT, HOW I WANT, AND WHEN I WANT, I DONT CARE WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT ME OR MY SON MY SON DID NOTHING WRONG.

  • JUSTICE for the victim of this violent crime! The mother sounds uneducated and disrespectful. Condolensces to the family of the victim. R.I.P.

    So is this what the mothers of our society are like nowadays, no wonder the son is in jail.

  • MY SON WILL NEVER GET LIFE YOU HEAR ME. AND YOU GO TO HELL MY SON DID NOTHING WRONG THE KILLER OF THAT BOY IS IN JAIL BUT IT IS NOT MY SON. YOU WISH THAT IT WAS MY SON SORRY YOUR WRONG SO WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IS HELP FREE MY SON AND GET READY TO APLOGIZE TO ME AND HIS DAUGHTER.

  • once again to that angry person, iam angry too my son is in jail for something he did not do. their is two people who is capable of murder but not my son, so how dare you judge my son have you seen my son body i know what is on his body and it is not gang related. who are you too tell me what to do like i said you go to hell my son did nothing and is getting out soon and he is not doing life that’s what you want but hey honey it is not going to happen and then you will apolize to me and my son for the rest of your life you will owe his daughter one as well,you dont know what i have been doing to help free my son are you watching me do you have any information on what i have been doing no you dont how does a witness say one thing and then change his story he is a lier i know what is going on and what is been said people talk and alot of people know what happen i have recieved phone calls that my son did nothing. and emails as well my son is not guilty of anything so you get it right. you know that the witness lied on that stand and the truth will come out and i think the witness had something to do with it nigga’s do set up their friends but dont think about the out come of what can happen. so leave me and my son alone he will be free and the day he walks out is the day you will aploize to us. free my son free my son free my son and you go to hell for all your mean comments this is a small world you think peolpe dont know who is who wow you dont know who i know or who i been speaking with that know’s what happened. so thank you for making me stronger your mean comments give’s me more hope then ever thank you honey and you havea a good day.

  • check this angry citizen duck you and your family ditch. my son did not do any thing and yea i know who the killers are you do to thats what ducked up about it.and that digga is already facing 10 years on another charge but soon wil be charged with murder and one still a large and i have been to the police. and you think you know my son you dont. you go to hell you talking like you know my son seen his body talking about gang tat’s on him never gang tat’s yea i felt sorry of the family but you know what duck them i dont give a duck anymore my son did nothing wrong and i will fight for my son. julius hughes is number one on the spot okay everyone that know my son did not do this so get it right. duck you keep your comments you dont know me or my son and yes i do know who jimena holden is ducke that ditch to. so have a good weekend.

  • @ Staff Writer & Jason, if “this story is just not all that interesting” OR it “sounds like Garbage on Garbage” why even comment? Since when does violent murderers getting let out of jail free Garbage or Not Interesting. Maybe if you were going through what the victim’s family was going through

    This really makes me angry. Because this happened in the black community it’s not news it’s garbage. How dare you?!
    I also hate when they hear of an ingnorant African American idiot (Julius Hughes and Ogbuagu) trying to rob someone, people always think it was gang-related. Getting these people people off of the streets is what is going to make the future of our kids and communities safe. Just because it isn’t someone you know or you haven’t been through it, it’s garbage how sad & disappointing!!!!!

    ~Angry Citizen~

  • GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD. He SEES ALL AND HEARS ALL. That’s why they caught your son A WEEK AFTER THE MURDER! Instead of focusing your energy on the victims family or the witness. Put that energy into finding the killer. Have you forgotten that 12 jurors didn’t believe in your son ALSO. They saw something in him that exuded KILLER and GANG MEMBER (DIVISADERO!!!!!) Look on him arms MOMS he has those tatts! You are blaming everyone but your son! WHAT????? Let’s clean up the community! LOCK HIM UP OR MAKE HIM COOPERATE!

  • Annette,if you know who did it (since you say the “Killer is still at large” and “He is free enjoying his life and kids” and “He is on myspace”) why wont you go to the police or start Banner, Flyers anything to get the word out there that your son is innocent. Other than this website. You know your son has GANG tattoos. They all have them. You know it. And if your son was innocent how come he hasn’t told the police. All they need is for him to tell. But he won’t because he was there and is loyal to his friends. Wake up! You don’t even know Jimena Holden! Or the witness. You are so right! God does not like ugly which is why you son is locked up HONEY! YOur whole family owes the Holdens a life. Fuck an apology HONEY!You need to get a hobby because not that many people even know about this webiste, so saying FREE MA SON is not being hear my dear. And did you know FreeMasons worships the devil so maybe it’s not a good look for you to start a free ma son website. Have some correct lieracy. Its MY not MA. Futhermore you or your son shouldn’t had any children. Kids are a product of their environment. Based on how you speak and where your son was that night and where he is now, neither one of you deserved to be called a parent!!!!! If you truly feel sorry for the Holdens why would you go after the victim’s relative J. HOLDEN. You are a selfish woman! I hope your son and his crew get LIFE!!!!!

    Regards,
    ~Angry Citizen~

  • FREE MA SON IJEOMA OGBUAGU I WILL STARTING A WEB SITE SOON FO MA SON. FREEMASON.COM WILL SOON BE HERE. MA SON DID NOT COMMIT THIS CRIME AND I WANT EVERY ONE TOO KNOW THAT, AND HOW (MEAN) PEOPLE CAN BE TOO SAVE THEIR OWN ASS.) AND PUT OTHER PEOPLES LIFE I TROUBLE I DONT UNDERSTAND THAT. I HAVE A LOT OF SUPPORT FROM MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS THAT KNOWS MA SON DID NOT DO THIS CRIME AND THAT THE REAL KILLERS ARE STILL AT LARGE FREE I WANT THE REAL KILLER CAUGHT SO MA SON CAN HAVE HIS LIFE BACK AND IF YOU WISH TO HELP ME FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME @ [email protected] for your comments on helping ma son or any information that you may have can help me and ma son i dont want your mean comments just your help. thank you and god bless. IF THE PERSON WHO KILLED THAT YOUNG MAN ON SEPTEMBER 14TH 2008, READS THIS PLEASE PLEASE DO THE RIGHT THING SO MA SON CAN BE SET FREE.

  • FREE MA SON IJEOMA OGBUAGU. AS I SAID BEFORE THE TRUTH WILL COME TO A LIGHT THAT MAN LIED ON THE STAND (WOW) WONGERING WHY DID HE DO THAT IS HE TRYING TOO SAVE HIS OWN ASS OR WHAT, AND (JIMENNA HOLDEN) IF YOU READ THIS I VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOST BUT MA SON DID NOT COMMIT THAT CRIME AND YOU KNOW THAT, YOU ARE SAYING HE DID. GOD DONT LIKE UGLY HONEY WHEN MA SON IS CLEAR OF THIS YOU OWE ME HIS DAUGHTER AND HIM AN APLOGIZE AND I WILL NOT ACCEPT MAY BE GOD WILL BUT I WILL NOT I HOPE THAT ROYSHAWN KILLER IS FOUND SOON SO YOUR FAMILY WILL BE AT EASE.

  • PLEASE FREE MA SON, LISTEN IF YOU KNOW MY SON DID NOT DO THIS PLEASE HELP ME MA SON HAS BEEN SITTING IN JAIL SINCE SEPT 23RD 2008 AND HE IS NOT GUILTY OF THIS CRIME AND SOME ONE IS AND SOMEONE KNOWS THE TRUTH JUST BELIEVE ME ONE DAY ONE DAY THIS WILL END I KEEP SAYING JUGEMENT DAY IS COMING SOON AND THE PERSON WHO REALLY KILLED THAT YOUNG MAN WILL GO TO HELL NOT HEAVEN BUT HELL ONCE YOU KILL AND LIE AND PUT IT ON SOMEONE ELSE IT ALWAYS COME BACK SO KIND OF WAY GOD IS WATCHING YOUR EVERY MOVE AND SOON AS YOU SLIP ITS A RAP YOU WILL NOT ENTER THE NEXT LIFE TIME PLEASE TELL THE TRUTH AND SET MA SON FREE YOUR FREE LET HIM BE FREE TO.

  • PLEASE HELP FREE IJEOMA OGBUAGU THIS YOUNG MAN IS A LOVING SON ,FATHER , BROTHER. WHOM FAMILY MISS HIM DEEPLY. AND TO ROYSHAWN HOLDEN FAMILY I CAN NOT SAY HOW MANY TIMES I FEEL SOORY FOR YOUR LOST, BUT PLEASE MY SON DID NOT DO THIS THE REAL MURDER OF ROYSHAWN IS STILL AT LARGE WALKING THE STREETS ENJOYING HIS LIFE HIS FAMILY AND KIDS WHILE MY SUFFER FOR SOMTHING HE DID NOT DO I SEEN MY SON AT OWN WITH MY ON TWO EYES I KNOW FOR A FACT HE WAS NOT THERE. FREE MY SON FREE MY SON FREE MY SON.

  • FREE MY SON I WILL SAY THIS EVERYDAY UNTIL THE REAL MURDERS OF ROYSHAWN HOLDEN TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED ON SEPTEMBER 14TH 2008 MY SON IS VERY MUCH INNOCENT HE WOULD NOT DO SUCH A THING FREE MY SON ,FREE MY SON, THE REAL KILLERS ARE STILL AT LARGE JUGMENT DAY IS COMING SOON THE KILLERS WILL HAVE TO ANSWER TO GOD. FREE MY SON PLEASE IF YOU WANT TO HELP ME FREE MY SON PLEASE EMAIL ME AT [email protected].

  • free my son , free my son, free my son, my son did not kill royshawn holden the real killer is still at large walking around enjoying life and his family and wife and kids while my son suffers for somthing he is not capiable of doing my son has never been in trouble with the police never been in jail or at youth guide center. he has completed high school. the only thing my son is guilty for is not haveing a job or being in collage. he became a father at an young age and was taking care of his daughter with my help and help from his sister my son is no killer. my son is my everything a loving son ,brother, father his daughter misses him so very much she is only two years old very smart like her daddy he loves and misses her deeply.

  • hello and too those people whom believe my son is guilty that is not true, my son would not hurt anyone the killer of royshawn holden is still at large and is living a good life enjoying his life and kids.his myspace shows he is haveing a good time while my son suffers for somthing he did not do. the killer knows who he is and if he ever reads this i hope that he turns himself in and tell the truth cause i know the truth i know where my son was i seen my son with my own two eyes.and to the other person whom made statement about tatooes my son does not have gang tats on his body my son has my name his daughter name and and family member whom was murdered whom the police know who the killers are but wont arrest them. there are no such gang tats on my son body he is not a gange member. and he was not at the wrong place at the wrong time because he was not there so if you want to help me free my son please help me. dont leave any messages that is not right. like i said before my son did not do this but god knows and the real killer will be caught soon and my son will be free and he will be soon be free. thank you. also my heart goes out to royshawn family but please believe that my son did not could not hurt anyone. and the witness has lied on the stand one day he will tell the truth before he stands on jugment day the truth will set my son free and the killers and the liers will feel peace in their hearts and minds to do the right thing my son is very much innconcent of this crime if you want to tell me what you know that could help my son email me at [email protected] it will stay confindentual with me

  • Annette I think your son has been done an injustice he doesn’t deserve the long sentence but I do believe he was hanging out with the wrong people and committed the robbery but did not want anyone to be killed. He is full of his neighborhood gang tattoos and got caught up in the street life did not finish high school etc. I am sorry for this loss for you

  • I’m so sorry to hear it was your son – but I sat through all the proceedings… and I believe the witness was telling the truth.

  • FREE IJEOMA OGBUAGU IF THER IS ANYONE WHOM KNOWS MY SON DID NOT DO THIS. OR IF YOU KNOW WHO DID, OR ANY INFORMATION THAT WILL HELP MY SON PLEASE COME FORWARD PLEASE EMAIL ME [email protected] i need all the help i can get from anyone whom i can trust what ever it is you know and it could help ijeoma pleases please contact me at that email address only if you are serious about helping my son. thank you. ijeoma ogbuagu (mother)

  • FREE MY SON HE IS NOT GUILTY OF THIS CRIME. THE POLICE AND THAT PROSECUTOR MICHAEL SWART NEED TO REALLY LOOK FOR THE MURDERER OF THAT YOUNG MAN MY SON DID NOT DO THIS, THE STORYS THAT ARE WRITEN IN THE PAPERS AND ON THE INTERNET ARE TELLING DIFFERENT ACCOUNTS OF WHAT HAPPEND. IF THER IS ANYONE WHOM KNOWS MY SON AND WANT TO GIVE HIM SUPPORT PLEASE FEEL FREE TO LEAVE A COMMENT STATEING HOW WELL YOU KNOW MY SON EVEN A LETTER WILL HELP OR YOU CAN EMAIL ME AT [email protected] once again my heart goes out to the young man family but please my son did not do this i want someone to ask me where my son was on the night of september 14h 2008 i know and god knows my son was not there, my son can not cook a hamburger on the stove without wearing a long sleeve so he wont be poped by hot grease i know that he did not do this.my son has never been in trouble with the law before never commited a crime never been in jail or youth guidence center. he is a good young man with family whom loves him dearly my son has seen and been to where he comes from and thats nigera where he has family most young men dont know where there from and will never get the chance to get there my son has so please help me to free my son to all whom know me and ijeoma and to those that dont know us please help my son is not guilty he has a two year old daughter whom needs him.

  • this young man is not guilty of anything he is innocent i know this young man personaly he is my son i know with all my heart and breath my son could not, did not, and would not take anyones life. my son has is a good loving son brother and father whom is been sucked in by the system for somthing that he did not do i know where my son was when that young man was murdered NOONE asked me. i feel so sorry for that young man and his family but (MY SON DID NOT DO THIS THE POLICE NEED TO FIND THE ONE OR ONES THAT IS RESPONSISBLE FOR THAT KILLING MY SON IS NOT GUILTY HE IS VERY MUCH INNOCENT.

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