MARTINEZ, Calif. — Jurors in Northern California convicted a man of first-degree murder for gunning down another man in broad daylight in front of the shooter’s own wife and children and more than a dozen security cameras.
The Mercury News of San Jose reports that Edbert James III was found guilty Tuesday in Contra Costa County of first-degree murder, attempted murder, and child endangerment. He faces a sentence of 112 years to life in prison.
James shot his victim, 26-year-old Reginald Atkinson, 10 times at a gas station in Richmond in April 2016. Jurors heard he then shot Atkinson’s friend several times before fleeing with his family to Las Vegas.
Prosecutor Derek Butts said the verdict sends a message that people willing to use a gun to commit violence will be held accountable.
Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com