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The San Francisco Chronicle reports that 20-year-old Dreshawn Lee was sentenced Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court.
Prosecutors say the December 2009 killing stemmed from an incident three months earlier, when Lee walked up to a taco truck carrying a sawed-off shotgun. Gary Jackson, the security guard for the taco truck, identified Lee to police.
The charges in that incident were later dropped. But, prosecutors say, Lee retaliated by hatching a plan to ambush Jackson on a street corner. The 28-year-old victim was gunned down, and his girlfriend also was wounded.
In August, a jury found Lee guilty of first-degree murder, assault and weapons charges.
An Oakland man was convicted of first-degree murder Tuesday for gunning down a taco truck security guard in retaliation for the victim having “snitched” on him months earlier in a gun case, a prosecutor said.
Dreshawn Lee, 20, could face up to 75 years to life in prison for killing 28-year-old Gary Jackson, said Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Eric Swalwell.
The trouble between the two men started Sept. 28, 2009, when Lee walked up to a taco truck at the corner of 48th Avenue and International Boulevard in East Oakland carrying a sawed-off shotgun, Swalwell said. Jackson was working as a security guard at the truck and signed a witness statement for police identifying Lee as the man with the gun.
Lee was charged with possessing a shotgun, but the case was dismissed in October 2009 because of insufficient evidence, Swalwell said.
Lee then hatched a plan for revenge, the prosecutor said.
He asked a mutual friend to lure Jackson to the corner of 51st Avenue and International Boulevard, near Lee’s home, on Dec. 28, 2009, Swalwell said.
As Jackson got out of his car, Lee stood on his balcony and sprayed the victim with gunfire from an AK-47 assault rifle, Swalwell said. Lee also shot and wounded Jackson’s girlfriend in the arm as she sat in the car, the prosecutor said.
Hours after the shooting, an Oakland Housing Authority employee found the rifle behind Lee’s home. Ballistics tests confirmed that the weapon had been used in the slaying, and a swab of the weapon revealed DNA that matched Lee’s, authorities said.
Witnesses said Lee had called Jackson a “snitch” before the slaying, Swalwell said. An Oakland jury convicted Lee on Tuesday.
“The jury’s verdict showed the defendant and the community that justice will be handled in the courtroom, not on the streets,” Swalwell said.