DATE: December 18, 2015
CASE: Elijah Rodgers
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Morgan Gire, Gangs & Hate Crimes Unit
The Honorable Michael Kenny sentenced Elijah Rodgers to 82 years to life in prison. On September 9, 2015, a jury convicted Rodgers of first-degree murder and shooting at an occupied vehicle. The jury also found that the defendant personally used a firearm causing death, and that the crimes were committed for the benefit of a criminal street gang.
On June 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.
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