Four Gang Members Convicted for Roles in Wave of Pasadena Shootings That Killed Three in 2016, 2017

Published : Friday, December 28, 2018 | 5:45 AM

Isaiah Daniels; Pernell Barnes,Charod Robinson; and Derion Davon Lee

Four men accused of killing three people and wounding two others during a wave of shootings that occurred in Pasadena throughout December 2016 and January 2017 were convicted Wednesday of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and attempted murder, among other charges.

The incidents were reportedly connected with a gang war between Pasadena- and Duarte-based street gangs.

Gang members Isaiah Daniels, 25; Pernell Barnes, 21; Charod Robinson, 29; and Derion Davon Lee, 35, were found guilty of two counts of murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the murders of Antione Sutphen and Ormoni Duncan, who were shot during a late-night vigil in the 100 block of West Claremont Street on January 6, 2017.

The vigil was in memory of Brandon Douglas, who was killed in a separate shooting in the 1200 block of North Fair Oaks Avenue.several weeks earlier on the night of December 22, 2016.

In addition, the men were convicted for the attempted murders of Janell Lipkin and Shamark Wright, who were shot and injured during one of the incidents, and of shooting at an inhabited dwelling.

Lee was also convicted for the December 22 murder of Douglas, said Ricardo Santiago, Public Information Officer at the District Attorney’s Office.

“He was convicted of the first-degree murder of Douglas along with the special allegation of being an active street gang member and multiple murder along with the gang allegation,” Santiago added.

The jury deliberated for about five hours before handing down the verdict, Santiago said.

A third defendant, 28-year-old Andrew Vasquez, was acquitted of all charges. Judge Michael E. Pastor – sitting in for the trial judge – wished Vasquez well after the acquittal and ordered he be released immediately, according to City News Service.

Santiago added all of those convicted during the trial Wednesday face the possibility of life in state prison without the possibility of parole. Sentencing could take place 30 days after a case status conference is scheduled for February 7, 2019.

Earlier this year, two other men involved in another possibly gang-related shooting on January 16, 2017 that injured two female victims were convicted of attempting to kill seven people using a semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifle.

Anthony Deon Edwards, 27, was sentenced to 246 years in prison, and Marquis Duran Turner, 29, was later sentenced to 332 years. The two were believed to be members of a Duarte-based street gang.

The series of violent incidents during that time prompted the Pasadena Police Department to form a Violence Reduction Task Force which started a vigorous and comprehensive investigation into the shootings.

Then Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said the incidents were related to an active street feud between Pasadena and Duarte street gangs, specifically between Bloods, based in the Pasadena area, and the Crips, based in Duarte.

In the first 70 days of their work, the task force seized more than 40 firearms, including assault rifles and high-capacity pistols, and arrested 24 gang members, including eight who were charged in connection with the series of shootings.

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