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.
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