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QUESTION: What happened to the suspects in a 1997 murder-robbery in Oak Park on 42nd Street and 11th Avenue?
Submitted by: James, Sacramento
ANSWER: Three people were arrested and tried in the October 1997 shooting death of 16-year-old Andrew McKissack and wounding of two other men in what police described as a dispute over drugs and money.
Police were called to the 4200 block of 11th Avenue in Oak Park and found three Sacramento men who had all been shot multiple times in the upper body, according to stories in The Bee.
Officers first found Ernest Johnson, 19, who had run from the home where the shootings occurred. When police entered the home, a suspected drug house with no furniture, they discovered large amounts of money and drugs. They also found McKissack dead and 18-year-old Larry Fort wounded.
Johnson and Fort were taken to UC Davis Medical Center and both recovered from their wounds.
Joseph Edward Barnes was arrested when he turned himself in to police two days after the shooting. Larnell Lee Flemmings was arrested in New York state in February 2008 after detectives picked him up for involvement in a stabbing there. Also arrested in the case was Demiantra Clay.
According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, a jury convicted Flemmings and Clay of first-degree murder, attempted murder and attempted robbery, and both were sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Flemmings, 34, is at California State Prison, Los Angeles County, in Lancaster, and Clay, 30, is at High Desert State Prison in Susanville.
Barnes was acquitted of murder and attempted murder charges but convicted of assault with a firearm. He was sentenced to 14 years in state prison.
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