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* Dwayne Stancill Gets 40 Year Sentence For Killing Greg Ballard Jr in Oakland

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A 21-year-old Oakland man who is the son of a former police officer as well as a reputed gang member was sentenced today to 40 years to life in state prison for fatally shooting a 17-year-old San Leandro High School football player in 2007. Dwayne Stancill was convicted of second-degree murder Feb. 10 for killing Greg Ballard Jr. at a house party near the corner of 92nd Avenue and Sunnyside Street in Oakland at about 10:10 p.m. on Oct. 13, 2007. In addition to second-degree murder, which carries a term of 15 years to life, jurors convicted Stancill of intentionally discharging a firearm and causing death, which carries another 25 years. Stancill is the son of DeWayne Stancill, who was a sergeant in the San Leandro Police Department but left the department in January. Police Chief Ian Willis said personnel rules bar him from disclosing the reason Stancill left. Although Ballard lived in San Leandro, he had friends in Oakland and went to a party there to see them and was celebrating his team’s victory over rival Bishop O’Dowd, an Oakland high school. Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Ben Beltramo said Ballard was simply minding his own business and wasn’t bothering anyone, but Dwayne Stancill walked up to him and shot at him four times, striking him once. Ballard died on the spot. Beltramo said a possible motive for the shooting was that Stancill may have tried to enhance his gang reputation by committing an act of violence. Stancill’s lawyer, Ted Johnson, denied that Stancill was a gang member, but Beltramo said a photo of Stancill flashing gang signs was posted on the MySpace page for the Hyfee Boyz gang. Beltramo said finding Stancill’s photo on the gang’s Web site “catapulted” the investigation into Ballard’s death and helped them identify Stancill as the culprit. Stancill was arrested 11 days after Ballard was killed. Johnson admitted during the trial that Stancill killed Ballard but said Stancill was so drunk that he did not have an intent to kill and should only be convicted of a lesser charge, such as manslaughter. Beltramo conceded that Stancill had been drinking the night of the shooting, but he said Stancill still knew what he was doing and “formed the specific intent to kill.”

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