Sacto 9-1-1
July 11, 2013
Pot-robbery shooting death results in two convictions

Two men have been convicted of murder in a Sacramento Superior Court retrial into a pot-robbery killing that took place two years ago on 37th Avenue.

On Tuesday, one jury convicted Devenne Marquist Rodriguez, 27, of first-degree murder in the Aug. 26, 2011 shooting death of Adrian Augusta, 20.

Today, the second defendant in the case, Sherston Andre Miles, 37, pleaded no contest to second-degree murder charges while his separate jury was in the second day of its deliberations.

Augusta was shot in the back and killed after Rodriguez had arranged to meet him at 37th Avenue and 44th Street around 1 a.m. to buy some marijuana. Augusta was shot in the street when he saw that it was a robbery and and tried to run away, authorities said.

Jurors who heard the Miles case said in the hallway outside of court they were split 9-2-1 in favor of acquittal at the time he accepted the plea.

Authorities identified Rodriguez as the shooter in the case and Miles as the driver.

Judge Geoffrey A. Goodman scheduled the sentencing on both defendants for Aug. 2. Rodriguez is facing a sentence of life in prison without parole. Miles agreed to a term of 16 to life.

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