Friday, September 14, 2012

Killer sentenced in south area murder; DA going for more - Sacramento Bee (blog)

By Andy Furillo

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael W. Sweet today sentenced London Ramon Shaw to 15 years to life in prison, plus 10 more years, for his second-degree murder conviction in the July 16, 2009, south area shooting death of Sevon Boles.

Shaw, 24, of San Francisco, received the added 10 years to his term for the use of a firearm in the killing of Boles.

Prosecutors had charged Shaw with being shooter, but jurors did not reach a finding on whether Shaw personally used the firearm. Deputy District Attorney Anthony Ortiz today asked for a retrial on that issue, and Sweet scheduled Shaw for a Sept. 28 arraignment. A finding that he was an actual gunman could increase Shaw's sentencing enhancement to 25 years to life.

A second defendant, Dominique Lavance Givens, 25, pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and has been sentenced to 21 years in prison.

The shooting of Boles, 26, took place during a confrontation in an apartment complex on Sunnyslope Drive. No motive for the shooting was ever firmly established.

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