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* Dreshawn Lee Convicted of Murdering Witness Gary Jackson in Gun Case

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An Oakland man was convicted this week of first-degree murder for what prosecutors said was the revenge killing of a security guard who had helped police arrest him in an illegal gun case. Dreshawn Lee, 20, was initially arrested on Sept. 28, 2009, after 28-year-old Gary Jackson identified Lee as the man who had walked up to a taco truck at the corner of 48th Avenue and International Boulevard in East Oakland armed with a sawed-off shotgun. Jackson was a security guard for the taco truck.

Lee was charged with possessing a shotgun, but he was released from custody on Oct. 16, 2009, because of insufficient evidence, according to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors said Lee then plotted to get his revenge on Jackson. Through a mutual friend, they said, Lee lured Jackson to the corner of 51st Avenue and International Boulevard, near Lee’s home, at about 4:10 a.m. on Dec. 28, 2009. When Jackson got out of his car, Lee stood on his balcony and fired at him with an AK-47 assault rifle, hitting him twice, according to prosecutors. Lee then walked out into the street and fired multiple shots at Jackson’s car, hitting Jackson’s girlfriend, Angelica Mourning, three times in her arm and wrist, prosecutors said.

Four hours after the shooting, an Oakland Housing Authority employee found the assault rifle, which was later tested and was found to have Lee’s DNA on the trigger, prosecutors said. In addition to first-degree murder plus an enhancement for using a firearm to kill Jackson, Lee was convicted of assault with a rifle and causing great bodily injury for shooting Mourning. Lee faces 75 years to life in state prison when he is sentenced by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Cecilia Castellanos on Oct. 28. Lee’s attorney, Theodore Johnson, declined to comment on the verdict today.

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