July 23--A Marin County man was sentenced to 47 years in prison on Tuesday for trying to kill a man in a shooting ambush at the San Rafael Transit Center in 2012.
LaDrakeous Sonny Dean, 25, showed no reaction as Judge Terrence Boren, at the urging of the prosecution, gave him the maximum sentence. The judge noted that Dean attacked an unarmed victim in the middle of the day at the busy downtown transit hub.
The long sentence was partly for the shooting itself, which led a jury to convict Dean of attempted murder, and partly for Dean's extensive criminal history. In addition to his juvenile record, Dean served a prior prison term for robbing a woman by coming up behind her and punching her in the head.
"Forty-seven years is perfectly appropriate," said Deputy District Attorney Karen Lamb.
Dean will certainly appeal the conviction, said his lawyer, Steven Shaiken.
"We say he didn't do it," Shaiken said.
The shooting occurred the afternoon of Dec. 14, 2012. The victim, 22-year-old Khiry Jefferson, was standing at a bus platform when the gunman approached from Tamalpais Avenue and fired his gun.
Jefferson 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.
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. The jury was shown text messages that appears to show Dean planning the attack beforehand and acknowledging it afterward.
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