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* Paul Tanner and Taron Deary Sentenced to State Prison for Voluntary Manslaughter in Oakland

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Two men were sentenced to state prison today for voluntary manslaughter convictions for their roles in the fatal shooting of an aspiring rapper three years ago in a case of mistaken identity. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Joseph Hurley sentenced 20-year-old Paul Tanner to 24 years and 21-year-old Taron Deary to 11 years.

Tanner was sentenced to a longer term because he also was convicted of robbery for a separate incident. Tanner and Deary were both charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Bobby Hall II in the 6800 block of MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland on July 19, 2008. But prosecutors entered into plea bargains with Tanner and Deary in exchange for their testimony against 29-year-old Frank Savoy because they believed Savoy was the person who killed Hall and that Tanner and Deary played lesser roles.

On July 22 Hurley sentenced Savoy to 78 years to life in state prison. Prosecutor Greg Dolge said Savoy, Tanner and Deary spotted Hall in a car they recognized a few minutes before the fatal shooting three years ago and mistakenly thought Hall was the man who had been in an argument over a woman with other friends of theirs several days before.

Dolge said Savoy, Tanner and Deary followed Hall to the 6800 block of MacArthur, where Hall was visiting some friends at their apartment. He said Savoy snuck up behind Hall while Hall was sitting on a couch with his back to the living room’s screen window and shot him in the back of his head at close range.

Hall was a maintenance worker and hoped to become a rapper. His death was the second suffered by his family, as his older brother, Jesse Hall, who was 22 at the time, was fatally shot as he sat in a car outside the family’s home in the Sobrante Park neighborhood in East Oakland on June 29, 1992.

Dolge said that on July 31, 2008, 12 days after Hall was killed, Savoy and Tanner entered a home in East Oakland to commit a robbery. He said Savoy raped a woman who was at the home and Tanner stole items from the house. Savoy was convicted of rape for that incident and Tanner was convicted of robbery. Savoy was convicted of first-degree murder and using a gun in connection with the fatal shooting of Hill.

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