Sacto 9-1-1
June 18, 2013
Gang member convicted in fatal West Sacramento stabbing

A member of the Broderick Boys/Northern Ryders gangs has been convicted in the 2011 stabbing death of 29-year-old Bobby Jamar Brittenum of Sacramento.

A Yolo County jury on Friday convicted Billy Thomas Wolfington Jr, 29, of second-degree murder, criminal street gang activity and personal use of a deadly weapon, according to a District Attorney's Office news release. The jury acquitted Shannon Lashaun Silva, 32, of Sacramento of related charges.

The fatal stabbing occurred at a party in a West Sacramento hotel room where Wolfington and Silva confronted Brittenum. Wolfington and Silva reportedly entered the room and told partygoers to leave. When those attending the party protested, an argument ensued.

Witnesses testified that Silva then began punching Brittenum, and Wolfington stabbed the victim at least 16 times with a 6-inch "butterfly" knife. Wolfington and Silva then fled.

Brittenum suffered stab wounds to his face, chest and arms, officials said.

Wolfington and Silva were found a short time later hiding in heavy brush near railroad tracks.

During the trial, the prosecution introduced evidence of Wolfington and Silva's gang history and membership. Officials said Wolfington is a member of the Broderick Boys criminal street gang and shares membership with Silva in a new gang, the Northern Ryders.

A court trial regarding Wolfington's past convictions is scheduled for July 1 before Judge Stephen L. Mock, who presided over the jury trial. Wolfington is to be sentenced at the conclusion of the court trial.

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