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Adrian Blocker sentenced to 40 years to life for shooting Onika Jones twice in the back of her head execution-style

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An Oakland man has been sentenced to 40 years to life in state prison for murdering his teenage ex-girlfriend at an abandoned house in East Oakland three years ago. Adrian Blocker pleaded no contest to murder on April 10 at the end of the first day of his trial in connection with the death of 17-year-old Onika Jones on June 18, 2011.

In addition to pleading no contest to murder and assault with a deadly weapon, Blocker also pleaded to a burglary charge for stealing the gun that he used to kill Jones. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Thomas Reardon formally sentenced Blocker on Wednesday after ruling that the killing was a second-degree murder. Prosecutor Tim Wagstaffe told jurors in his opening statement of the trial that Blocker, now 23, shot Jones twice in the back of her head execution-style at the abandoned house at 98th Avenue and C Street and then hid her body there for eight months until a neighbor smelled the odor and called police, who then found her body.

Wagstaffe said Blocker lived at his family’s home, which is next door to the abandoned house. The prosecutor said Blocker had a history of attacking Jones. He was convicted of a misdemeanor count of domestic violence for hitting her in October 2010 and admitted in his plea that he committed assault with a deadly weapon for shooting Jones in the foot during an argument in May 2011, a month before she was killed. Wagstaffe said Jones, who was killed two days before her 18th birthday, had been uncooperative with police when they investigated that incident, refusing to tell them who had shot her.

Jones had been kicked out of her grandmother’s house and it appeared that she lived with Blocker in the abandoned house, Wagstaffe said. Wagstaffe said Jones’ body wasn’t found until February 2012 and prosecutors didn’t develop enough evidence to file charges against Blocker until June 2012. Wagstaffe couldn’t be reached for comment today on the sentencing. After Blocker entered his plea last month, Wagstaffe said, “I think this is a good resolution of the case, but sadly for Jones’ family this won’t bring her back. Perhaps they can now move on with their lives.” Blocker’s attorney, Spencer Strellis, declined to comment on the case.

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