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* Trevillion Ward of Oakland has been sentenced to 140 years to life in prison

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An Oakland man with a long criminal record has been sentenced to 140 years to life in state prison for shooting his estranged wife four times in a supermarket parking lot two years ago. Trevillion Ward’s wife, Riah Ward, survived the shooting outside the Food King supermarket at the corner of 88th Avenue and International Boulevard in Oakland at about 6:30 p.m. on July 3, 2008.
    She testified at his trial and was in attendance when Alameda County Superior Court Judge Vernon Nakahara sentenced him on Monday. Ward, 49, was convicted on June 23 of attempted, willful, deliberate and premeditated murder, personal and intentional discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence and being a felon in possession of a firearm.    Prosecutor Danielle London said Ward tracked down his wife as she was standing in the Food King parking lot talking to her niece. She had the couple’s three children with her. London said Ward drove into the parking lot behind her, slammed on
his brakes, stuck his arm out the open window and fired his .25-caliber semi-automatic pistol at her at least five times, striking her four times. The couple’s children were unhurt. Ward fled in his car and crashed on the freeway about 15 minutes later, London said.
    After the crash, Ward jumped off the freeway onto the ground at 36th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, where police caught up to him and arrested him, London said. His gun was still in his car. London said Nakahara sentenced Ward to an unusually long prison term because he’s a “three-strikes” felon who has previous convictions for violent crimes, which means that his term can be tripled. His prior convictions include manslaughter, assault with a deadly weapon and robbery. Nakarhara sentenced Ward to 111 years to life for his attempted murder conviction and 29 years to life for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Nakahara also sentenced Ward for his other convictions but allowed him to serve those terms while he’s in prison on the primary charges.
    Ward’s lawyer, Al Wax, was unavailable for comment today. London said Ward’s long prison term “is definitely an appropriate
sentence for the horrific crime he committed.”  
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