By Andy Furillo
A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Marvel Barksdale of voluntary manslaughter in the gang-related shooting death of Robert Haynes two years ago at a house party in Meadowview.
Barksdale, who is now 17 years old, was 15 at the time of the Aug. 22, 2008, party in which Haynes, 16, was felled by a bullet during a shootout between the Fourth Avenue Bloods of Oak Park and the Guttah Boys from Meadowview.
Prosecutors had charged Barksdale with first-degree murder. But in spite of the manslaughter verdict, the defendant still faces substantial prison time at his scheduled Aug. 12 sentencing in front of Judge Timothy M. Frawley.
In addition to the 11 years Barksdale is facing for the voluntary manslaughter conviction, he is likely to be sentenced to 10 years under an allegation found true by the jury that he shot Haynes for the benefit of a street gang.
Another sentencing enhancement could add three, five or 10 years to Barksdale's term, the result of the jury's additional finding that he personally used a firearm.
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