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* Anthony Milton on Trial for Alleged Murder of 16-year old Girl Perla Hilarios

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A prosecutor and a defense attorney presented jurors today with wildly different versions of a shooting that claimed the life of 16-year-old Perla Hilarios in Oakland six years ago. In her opening statement in Anthony Milton’s murder trial in Alameda County Superior Court, prosecutor Connie Campbell said Milton deliberately shot Hilarios in the face at point-blank range while he and his brother, Juan Milton, were robbing Hilarios’ boyfriend in the 1600 block of 46th Avenue about 12:25 a.m. on Dec. 2, 2003. Campbell said Hilarios tried unsuccessfully to defuse the situation and her last words before she was fatally shot were, “It’s O.K. It’s cool.” But Anthony Milton’s lawyer, Al Thews, said Milton, 23, fired shots in self-defense when a group of four men who were with Hilarios tried to steal a specially-equipped and refurbished gray Buick that Milton had just bought and fired shots at him. Thews told jurors that at the end of the trial, “You will find that Anthony Milton was being robbed and during the course of the robbery he was shot by people who were clearly intending to rob him of his car.”  He said, “It will be clear that Anthony Milton is not guilty of murder or robbery.” Both of the Milton brothers were treated for gunshot wounds after the incident. Campbell said that at the end of the trial she’ll ask jurors to convict Anthony Milton of first-degree murder and the special circumstance of committing a murder during the course of a robbery.  Milton could have faced the death penalty, but prosecutors have decided to seek only life in prison instead. A year ago today, on July 29, 2008, Juan Milton, now 25, was convicted of first-degree murder and the special circumstance of committing a murder during the course of a robbery.  But prosecutors dropped the special circumstance conviction against him, which would have led to him being sentenced to life in prison. Instead, Milton was sentenced to 28 years to life. Prosecutors cited extenuating circumstances, which were that he was only 19 at the time of the incident and he wasn’t the shooter.

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  • I think that Anthony don”t deserve that much time because even though Juan told the story don’t mean it was an 100% honest, and if so; Juan supposely went to get Anthony and those guys were trying to rob them it was in self defend. Hopeful the juror will see it how I see it. If not he should beable to appel it in a few years.