DATE: August 2, 2016
CASE: Anthony Cain
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Molly Steber, Gangs & Hate Crimes Unit
Twenty-three-year-old Anthony Cain was convicted by a jury of assault with a firearm, discharging a firearm at an occupied vehicle, and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The jury also found true that Cain personally used a firearm and that he committed these offenses for the benefit of a criminal street gang. Cain has a prior 2012 strike conviction for possessing a loaded firearm for the benefit of a criminal street gang.
On March 11, 2014, the victims were driving home from breakfast when they passed Cain’s vehicle, which angered Cain and his passenger. Cain followed the victims, flashed a gun, and shot at them. When Cain attempted to shoot again, his gun jammed and the victims were able to escape. Cain, who is an active Varrio Diamond Norteno gang member, was later identified through witness descriptions of the shooter, the car, and a partial license plate number.
Cain faces a maximum potential sentence of 54 years to life in prison. Sentencing is set for September 7, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 26 before the Honorable Laurel White.
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