A Hayward man was sentenced today to 40 years to life in state prison for his second-degree murder conviction for fatally shooting another man in a dispute over a drug deal in August 2010. Aaron Chandra, 22, was convicted on Feb. 7 for the death of 28-year-old Osana Saga in the 5000 block of Cottage Park Drive in Hayward at 4:11 p.m. on Aug. 29, 2010. Jurors also convicted Chandra of using a gun to kill Saga and of possession of marijuana for sale. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Kevin Murphy today sentenced Chandra to 15 years to life for second-degree murder plus an additional 25 years for using a gun to kill Saga.
Prosecutor Brian Owens said Chandra had sold about $800 worth of marijuana to Saga but Saga didn’t think he got as much marijuana for that price as he should have so he confronted Chandra in his driveway and struck Chandra in his face. Chandra then pulled out a loaded pistol and fired three shots at Saga, striking him once in his upper chest, Owens said. Saga ran to the end of the block but then collapsed and died, he said.
Owens said after the jury’s verdict that even though Saga struck Chandra before Chandra opened fire he thinks second-degree murder was an appropriate outcome in the case. “You don’t pull out a gun at a fistfight,” Owens said. Chandra’s lawyer, Todd Bequette, couldn’t be reached for comment. According to Owens, Bequette asked jurors to find Chandra not guilty and argued that Chandra acted in self-defense.
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