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* Marcel Perry Convicted of Gang Murder in Oakland

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A reputed Oakland gang member was convicted today of first-degree murder and other charges for fatally shooting a rival gang member two years ago. Jurors deliberated for about two and a half days before delivering their verdicts against 21-year-old Marcel Perry for the death of 16-year-old Vincent Scott III in the 3100 block of San Pablo Avenue at about 5 p.m. on Nov. 20, 2008. Prosecutor Patrick Moriarty told jurors in his closing argument last week that Perry belongs to the Acorn gang, which operates out of the Acorn housing project in West Oakland, and that Scott was a member of the
Ghost Town gang, which is based out of a nearby neighborhood in West Oakland. Moriarty said bad feelings between the two gangs came to a boil in 2006 over the theft of tire rims off a gang member’s car, and Perry shot Scott as retribution for Scott driving through Acorn’s territory. In addition to being convicted of first-degree murder, Scott was convicted of shooting at an occupied vehicle and three counts of carrying out a crime to promote gang activity. Perry faces a term of 65 years to life in state prison when he is sentenced by Alameda County Judge Joan Cartwright on Oct. 29.

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