Sacto 9-1-1
January 11, 2013
Five men sentenced in 2008 gang-related beating

Five men have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a 2008 gang assault.

Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny today sentenced George Christian, age 23, and Samuel Kemokai, 25, to 30 years in prison; Tommy Cornelius, 27, to 20 years; Xavier Whitfield, 22, to 15 years; and Demetrius Royster, 25, to 8 years. All were involved in an assault on Santana Robinson at a Shell gas station across from Arden Fair Mall on Oct. 31, 2008, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

Robinson was pumping gas shortly after midnight when he was approached and attacked by Christian, officials said. After the initial attack, Christian was joined in the assault by his fellow defendants.

Robinson was knocked unconscious during the attack, and Cornelius subsequently went through Robinson's pockets, stealing several items, then kicked him in the head. Christian and Kemokai also pistol whipped Robinson in the head while he lay defenseless on the ground, according to the news release.

Robinson suffered several injuries to his face and head, including broken bones and lost teeth.

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