An Oakland man was sentenced today to 78 years to life in state prison for murdering an aspiring rapper three years ago in a case of mistaken identity and then raping a woman 12 days later. Frank Savoy’s defense lawyer, Andrea Auer, asked that Savoy, 29, be sentenced to only 50 years to life in state prison so that he would have a chance to be free one day. But Alameda County Superior Court Judge Joseph Hurley said a longer sentence is more appropriate, telling Auer, “There are some people society should be protected from, and your client fits the bill.”
Prosecutor Greg Dolge agreed, saying, “The concept of life in prison is made for a guy like Frank Savoy and he should never breathe free air again.” Savoy could have faced up to 146 years to life in prison and Dolge asked that he be sentenced to at least 89 years to life. But Dolge said the term of 78 years to life that Hurley imposed is satisfactory because there is little likelihood that he will ever be paroled. Savoy was convicted of first-degree murder and using a gun to cause death for fatally shooting 25-year-old Bobby Hall II in the 6800 block of MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland on July 19, 2008.
Dolge said Savoy and two friends had spotted Hall in a car they recognized a few minutes earlier and mistakenly thought he was the man who had been in an argument over a woman with other friends of theirs several days before. Savoy and associates Paul Tanner and Taron Deary followed Hall to the 6800 block of MacArthur Boulevard, where Hall visited some friends at their apartment, according to Dolge. Savoy snuck up behind Hall while Hall was sitting on a couch with his back to the living room’s screen window and shot him in the back of his head at close range, Dolge said. Hall was a maintenance worker and had hoped to become a rapper.
His death was the second suffered by his family, as his older brother, Jesse Hall, who was 22 at the time, was fatally shot as he sat in a car outside the family’s home in the Sobrante Park neighborhood in East Oakland on June 29, 1992. Savoy attempted to express sympathy for Hall’s family today, saying, “I apologize for the loss to the family and stuff like that.” But he claimed that he is innocent and said he will appeal his conviction, which he hopes will be reversed. Savoy said, “What didn’t come out in the wash will come out in the rinse,” referring to his trial and his appeal. Dolge said that on July 31, 2008, 12 days after Hall was killed, Savoy and Tanner entered a home in East Oakland to commit a robbery. He said Savoy raped a woman who was at the home and Tanner stole items from the house. Prosecutors entered into plea bargains with Tanner and Deary in exchange for their testimony against Savoy, as they believed Savoy was the person who killed Hall. Tanner, 20, pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and robbery and will get a state prison term of between 21 and 24 years. Deary, 21, whom prosecutors believe was the driver in the incident in which Hall was killed, pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and will get 11 years in prison. Tanner and Deary are both scheduled to be sentenced by Hurley on Aug. 26.
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