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Defendants Sentenced for Murder in Drug Deal Gone Bad

DATE:  August 26, 2016

CASE:  Kavon Cry, Omar Talley & Eric Ring

PROSECUTOR:  Deputy District Attorney William Satchell, Homicide Unit

The Honorable Marjorie Koller sentenced Kavon Cry and Omar Talley to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of Marquail Hayes. Cry was sentenced to an additional 25 years to life for a personal discharge of a firearm causing death allegation. On July 19, 2016, a jury convicted Cry, Talley, and co-defendant, Eric Ring, of first-degree murder with the special circumstance that the murder was committed during the commission of an attempted robbery.  Ring will be sentenced on October 14, 2016.

On the night of October 18, 2014, the three defendants set up a marijuana transaction with the victim, Marquail Hayes.  The victim was to purchase $2,000 worth of marijuana and was instructed to meet the defendants at Riverview Elementary School in Rancho Cordova.  Upon arriving at the school, Ring handed the victim a bag that was supposed to contain the marijuana.  When the victim began opening the bag, Talley and Cry emerged from a play area where they were hiding.  The victim ran and was shot in the back of the head by Cry. 


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