A Sacramento gang member who fired a stray bullet that killed a 14-year-old Sparks, Nev., girl at an Auburn Boulevard teen party two years ago was sentenced today to a state prison term of 102 years to life.
Jaivonne Flenory-Davis, 21, received the sentence from Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette for his first-degree murder conviction in the July 11, 2010, killing of Lanaja Nachelle Dupree. Flenory-Davis also was sentenced for his conviction of attempted murder in the shooting of Chanderea Melson, 19, at the same teen party.
The shooting broke out during a confrontation at the party between Flenory-Davis and members of a rival gang set.
During the sentencing, defense attorney Laurance Smith said his client is "not a hard core sociopath." Flenory-Davis might have turned out differently, Smith said, if he had more societal support and a better relationship with his father or some other male surrogate.
Judge Marlette responded by suggesting that there were other role models for Flenory-Davis to follow, including "one who was on TV last night -- the president of the United States," Barack Obama.
In sentencing Flenory-Davis, Marlette, after noting that the defendant has a 3-year-old daughter, said that "really bad things happen" more frequently to young people who do not have strong families that surround them.
"I pray to God it doesn't happen to your daughter, by somebody like you," the judge told Flenory-Davis.
The judge delayed sentencing until Oct. 5 on Nikko Jermaine Alexander, 19, a one-time defendant in the case who pleaded no contest and testified against Flenory-Davis during trial.
Alexander is facing an eight-year term for his admission to being an accessory after the fact.
During Alexander's brief court appearance, members of Lanajah Dupree's family thanked him for his testimony during trial in which he identified Flenory-Davis as the gunman.
Alexander's attorney, Keith J. Staten, said during court that members of his client's family were attacked by members of Flenory-Davis' family the day the jury came back with the first-degree murder verdict on July 19. Staten said in court that charges have been filed in the case. No details were immediately available.