Three alleged gang members were convicted today of three counts of murder and four counts of attempted murder for a shooting after a tattoo party in San Leandro in October 2011 that left three people dead and three others wounded.
Jurors deliberated for only about a day before returning their verdict against 23-year-old Anthony Perry of Oakland, the reputed leader of the Oakland-based Mob Squad gang, and reputed associates Aaron Stewart, 21, of Fairfield, and Paul Arthur Stevenson, 22, of Oakland.
The three men also were convicted of the special circumstance of committing multiple murders, which means they will face life in prison without the possibility of parole when they are sentenced by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Kevin Murphy on July 10.
Prosecutor Jimmie Wilson told jurors in his closing argument on Monday that the shooting was “a gang-related assassination.” He said the alleged Mob Squad members targeted a member of the rival FE gang because they were upset about a confrontation at a San Francisco nightclub several months earlier.
Wilson said the instigator of the shooting, which occurred in a parking lot outside a warehouse in the 2600 block of Alvarado Street in San Leandro in the early morning hours of Oct. 2, 2011, was Perry, who is also known as “A-1” and “A-Uno.”
Wilson said Perry, Stewart and Stevenson saw 23-year-old Joshua Alford of Oakland at the tattoo party and decided to kill him because he belonged to the FE gang and had been present at the earlier confrontation in San Francisco.
Guns were displayed in the San Francisco incident but no shots were fired and there weren’t any fights, Wilson said.
After the tattoo party ended, Perry, Stewart and Stevenson all armed themselves with guns, surrounded a green Ford Explorer that had been blocked from leaving the warehouse’s parking lot by another car and opened fire, Wilson said.
In addition to Alford, the shooting claimed the lives of 16-year-old Leneasha Northington, a student at San Leandro High School, and 19-year-old Shanice Kiel of San Francisco, who had been accepted at San Francisco State University.
Three other people who were inside the Ford Explorer were wounded.
A fourth man, Stanley Turner, 20, of Oakland, faced the same charges as the other three defendants, but in December he agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge and receive a lighter sentence in return for his testimony against the other three men.
Stevenson’s lawyer, Alex Selvin, argued that Perry and Stewart were the only shooters in the case and said there is no reliable evidence that Stevenson fired any shots.
Stewart’s lawyer, Thomas Broome, said in his opening statement that Stewart didn’t fire any shots because his gun jammed.
Perry’s lawyer, Darryl Stallworth, said he believes there were only two shooters in the incident and Perry wasn’t one of them.
Stallworth said today that he’s “disappointed” with the jury’s verdict because he doesn’t think there was enough evidence to conclude that there were three shooters and that Perry was one of them.
He said Perry “wasn’t responsible as a shooter, a conspirator or an aider and abettor” and he thinks that testimony by Turner and another key prosecution witness who was present at the shooting wasn’t credible.
Stallworth also said Perry didn’t have a motive to kill Alford because Perry wasn’t present at the San Francisco club where the initial incident occurred and he had never seen Alford before the night of the tattoo party.
Wilson couldn’t immediately be reached for comment on the verdict.
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