Sacto 9-1-1
November 14, 2008
Gang member gets life for slaying

From Andy Furillo:

A judge today sentenced a Sacramento gang member to life in prison without parole for the June 2006 shooting death of Serge Zubenko.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Helena R. Gweon characterized Jeffrey Deane Ward's murder of the 24-year-old Zubenko as a "cold-blooded, cowardly act" and "so brazen, so senseless."

Ward and some friends had been in a fight with some people at a park in Antelope before they encountered Zubenko, whom the judge described as a "good man" and an innocent victim.

Ward, now 22, killed Zubenko with a blast from a shotgun.

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