Sacto 9-1-1
October 22, 2012
South Sacramento youth convicted of attempted murder

By Anne Gonzales

When his sister took a punch in the face, gang member DeAngelo Holley decided to get revenge.

On his 16th birthday, he wrapped a white t-shirt around his face so only his eyes could be seen, grabbed a shotgun and shot a rival gang member in the head in a south Sacramento home on Aug. 20, 2011, according to Sacramento police.

A Sacramento County jury on Friday convicted Holley, who was tried as an adult, of attempted murder for the shooting. He was additionally found guilty of shooting into an inhabited dwelling, with enhancements for causing great bodily injury, using a gun and being in a gang.

Sentencing is set for Nov. 30.

Holley, now 17, was a member of the Gunz-Up gang, when his sister told him that she had been punched in the face during a dispute with some Guttah Boyz gang members at a house located on Newport Avenue in south Sacramento, said Shelly Orio, a spokeswoman with the Sacramento County District Attorney's office.

A short time later, Holley went to the residence with a shotgun, and his head wrapped in the shirt. He walked up to the home and fired a single shot, hitting gang member Keon Jackson in the face, neck and head and causing severe injury, court documents said.

Two witnesses at the scene said they recognized the shooter as Holley, and Sacramento Police Detective Scott MacLafferty pieced together clues and eyewitness accounts to connect Holley to the shooting, Orio said.

Holley was arrested on Aug. 25, 2011.

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