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Westley Young Gets 15 Years To Life For Murdering 19-year-old In Oakland In 2012

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A Pittsburg man has been sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison for murdering a 19-year-old man near the Oakland-Emeryville border two years ago.

Westley Young, 30, pleaded no contest in April to second-degree murder for fatally shooting 19-year-old Aaron Marks of Oakland outside a barbershop at San Pablo Avenue and 60th Street at about 3 p.m. on Nov. 24, 2012, the Saturday afternoon after Thanksgiving.

Prosecutor Patrick Moriarty said if the case had gone to trial he would have introduced evidence that Young’s motive for killing Marks is that Marks had carjacked him in the same neighborhood 10 days earlier.

Moriarty said video surveillance tapes from business in the area as well as witness statements connected Young, who was sentenced by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jon Rolefson on Thursday, to the fatal shooting of Marks.

Young’s attorney, William Du Bois, said today that Young wrote a letter to the court in which he expressed “a very mature and perceptive grasp of the seriousness of the events” that led to Marks’ death.

Du Bois said Young “understands that his conduct was reprehensible” and also acknowledged the support he has received from his family.

The defense lawyer said the shooting was “a result of the street life in Oakland and a tragedy on both sides” because Marks is dead and Young will have to spend at least 15 years in prison.

Du Bois said Judge Rolefson commended Young for taking responsibility for his actions and said Young would be a good candidate for parole when he becomes eligible in 15 years.

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