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DATE: February 17, 2017
CASE: Antjuan Sydnor & Anthony Jacob (Case #15F03945)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Andrew Smith, Homicide Unit
Antjuan Sydnor and Anthony Jacob were convicted by a jury for the murder of Byron Darbonne. The special circumstance that the murder was committed during the commission of a robbery and gun use allegations were found true. Sydnor and Jacob were also convicted of first-degree robbery.
On September 23, 2014, Antjuan Sydnor and Anthony Jacob followed Mr. Darbonne from the grocery store back to his house. Sydnor and Jacob forced their way into the home at gunpoint and duct taped both Mr. Darbonne and his girlfriend. The two demanded money from the couple. When Mr. Darbonne could not come up with a sufficient amount of money, defendant Sydnor shot Mr. Darbonne in the back of the head while he was tied up next to his girlfriend. Surveillance video of the get-away van and driver, cell phone information and DNA evidence identified Sydnor as the shooter and Jacob as a participant in the murder and robbery.
Both defendants face a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Sentencing for Anthony Jacob is set for March 17, 2017, at 1:30 pm. Sentencing for Antjuan Sydnor is set for April 7, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. Both sentencings will be in Department 42 before the Honorable Allen Sumner.
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