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Defendant Sentenced for Murder, Possession of Firearm

DATE:  July 8, 2016 

CASE:  Jerome Bernard Butler

PROSECUTOR:  Deputy District Attorney William Satchell, Homicide Unit

The Honorable Michael Sweet sentenced Jerome Bernard Butler to 95 years to life plus 10 years in prison.  On March 3, 2016, a jury convicted Butler of second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. The jury also found true that Butler discharged a firearm causing death.

On September 5, 2014, Carl Talent was in front of Butler’s residence when he got into an argument with Butler’s girlfriend and her son over a bicycle.  After Mr. Talent left the area, Butler’s girlfriend told Butler that Mr. Talent had threatened her son during the argument.  Approximately 15 minutes later, Butler left his residence and saw Mr. Talent about a mile away.  Butler began arguing with Mr. Talent, pulled out a handgun and shot him twice, killing him.

Butler has two prior strike convictions for robbery and shooting at an inhabited structure.  


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