CA: Marin Jury Convicts Man of Attempted Murder in San Rafael Bus Stop Shooting

Feb. 05--A 25-year-old Marin County man could face more than four decades in prison following his conviction for shooting a man in downtown San Rafael.

LaDrakeous Sonny Dean, 25, was found guilty of attempted murder for the attack on Khiry Jefferson at the San Rafael Transit Center.

The jury began deliberations Friday afternoon and returned its verdict Tuesday afternoon.

"Obviously were disappointed," said Dean's lawyer, Steven Shaiken. "We believed there was substantial reasonable doubt, and it should have resulted in an acquittal."

Shaiken said an appeal will be filed.

The shooting occurred the afternoon of Dec. 14, 2012. Jefferson was standing at a bus platform on the west side of the terminal when the gunman approached from Tamalpais Avenue and fired his gun, police said.

Jefferson, then 22 years old, staggered across the transit center and collapsed near a cement bench, where he was helped by an off-duty paramedic and a private security officer.

The gunman got into a gold sedan and was last seen racing down Second Street toward Highway 101. San Rafael investigators identified the suspect as Dean and tracked down the car, which contained ammunition that matched the shooting, according to the prosecution.

Dean was arrested about two months later after police received a tip that he was at a friend's home in New Orleans.

The prosecution said Dean might have been avenging an earlier attack by Jefferson against Dean's brother. Deputy District Attorney Karen Lamb showed the jury text messages that allegedly showed Dean planning the attack and acknowledging his role in it afterward.

Shaiken confirmed Dean was at the transit center that afternoon but said the evidence did not prove Dean was the shooter.

Dean is scheduled to be sentenced March 4 by Judge Terrence Boren.

Contact Gary Klien via email at gklien@marinij.com or https://twitter.com/GaryKlien

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