Latest News

Sacramento DA / Media / 2015 Archives / 9.9.15: Gang Member Convicted of 1st-Degree Murder, Shooting at Occupied Vehicle

Gang Member Convicted of 1st-Degree Murder,
Shooting at Occupied Vehicle

Date:  September 9, 2015

Case: Elijah Rodgers

Prosecutor:  Deputy District Attorney Morgan Gire, Gangs & Hate Crimes Unit

Twenty-year-old Elijah Rodgers was convicted by jury of first-degree murder and shooting at an occupied vehicle.  The jury also found true a gun use causing death and criminal street gang allegation on both charges. 

On September 23, 2013, individuals at a house party in south Sacramento began displaying guns and shouting gang terms.  Nineteen-year-old Alvin Valentine was a passenger in his cousin’s car when the two drove to the party.  When they drove past the house, they saw a large number of people in the front and decided not to stay.  They turned around and drove back toward the house to leave. Rodgers fired a handgun from the sidewalk in front of the house into their vehicle, striking and killing Mr. Valentine. 

Rodgers faces a maximum potential sentence of 60 years to life in prison.  Sentencing is set for October 23, 2015, in Department 31 before the Honorable Michael Kenny. 

 

Click here for PDF version

Copyright 2016 - All Rights Reserved by Sacramento District Attorney's Office.
California Relay Service 800.735.2929 TDD | Alternate Formats & Accessibility Policy | Privacy Policy | Conditions of Use