SF: JURY HANDS DOWN MURDER CONVICTION FOR 2007 BAYVIEW SHOOTING
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)
A San Francisco jury has convicted a 34-year-old man for a fatal shooting at a Bayview District public housing complex in 2007, the San Francisco District Attorney's Office announced.
The superior court jury found Jamal Butler, of San Francisco, guilty Tuesday of second-degree murder in the death of 37-year-old Allen Broussard, in a shooting at the Alice Griffith Public Housing site in the early morning hours of Aug. 17.
Broussard, also of San Francisco, was found shot on the sidewalk in the unit block of Nichols Way at about 7 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Butler was arrested days later.
A witness who reported hearing one gunshot and seeing Butler running from the scene testified during the trial about overhearing Butler "make statements acknowledging he was the shooter," according to the district attorney's office.
In addition to Butler's murder conviction, the jury also found Butler guilty of firearm possession by a convicted felon, the district attorney's office reported.
In a statement, District Attorney Kamala Harris thanked the jury and witnesses "for seeing to it that this defendant was held accountable for this callous act."
Harris said the verdict "affirms for residents in every community in San Francisco that there is respect for the sanctity of their lives" and promised violence would be prosecuted "to the fullest extent of the law."
Butler, who also has two prior felony convictions, faces a life sentence in prison and is to be sentenced July 11, according to the district attorney's office.