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Remon McDaniel 53 years to life in state prison for murdering a neighbor Isaac White who he thought disrespected him in Oakland

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An Oakland man with a long criminal record was sentenced today to 53 years to life in state prison for fatally shooting a 19-year-old neighbor two years ago who he thought had disrespected him. Remon McDaniel, 38, was convicted of first-degree murder and being an ex-felon in possession of a gun for the shooting death of Isaac White outside White’s home in the 1800 block of East 25th Street in East Oakland at about 8:45 p.m. on Jan. 4, 2012.

Prosecutor Timothy Burr said White and McDaniel, who lived near each other, got into an argument about two hours before the shooting when McDaniel tried to push his way into White’s home but White “stood his ground” and wouldn’t let McDaniel in. McDaniel felt “disrespected” and made a number of threats on White’s life, telling White that he would come back later when other people weren’t around, Burr said. McDaniel then came back two hours later and shot White six times, with four bullets going through White’s body and killing him, according to Burr.

McDaniel, who has three prior felony convictions, threatened witnesses to the shooting and fled the area but was arrested 26 days later in Pittsburg, Burr said. Burr said White was a “well-liked” student at Laney College in Oakland and the community college has set up a scholarship in his name. White’s grandmother, Wanda Washington, told McDaniel at today’s hearing, “You are a menace to society and need to be taken off the streets” and that he is “a cold, calculated killer with no regard for human life.”

She told McDaniel, “You also are a thief because you stole a lifetime of experiences from him and his family and from society for all the good his life promised.” Washington said White’s death has changed her perspective on life and she now lives “a life of constant hostility, anger and pent-up rage.” Washington said White grew up in San Jose and then moved to Oakland for high school before he went on to Laney College.

She said he would have graduated from Laney in the spring of 2012 and would have gone on to a four-year college. White also was a musician and wrote music, she said. McDaniel’s lawyer, Anne Beles, said White’s death is “a true tragedy” but she believes McDaniel didn’t carry out the shooting so she will appeal his conviction. Before he was sentenced, McDaniel said, “I want to say my condolences to the family” of White.

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