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QUESTION: Whatever happened with the case of 22-year-old David Blanks, who was murdered at Chris Webber's nightclub in 2009?
Submitted by: Stopviolence, Sacramento
ANSWER: Two reputed street gang members were convicted of second-degree murder in the Oct. 22, 2009, shooting death of 22-year-old David Blanks outside the Center Court nightclub in North Natomas.
According to stories in The Bee, Nicholas L. Newsome and Sean L. Joyner were each sentenced in May 2012 to 40 years to life in prison.
Witnesses said Blanks and a group of friends were leaving the club when they were confronted by about 10 reputed gang members. After an exchange of words, someone in the group shot and killed Blanks.
Although authorities identified Newsome as the gunman, the jury did not identify either man as the shooter. Each, however, was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison on the murder conviction plus 25 years to life for the use of a gun. Authorities said the shooting was gang-related.
Joyner, 24, is at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad.
Newsome, 24, remains in Sacramento County Jail awaiting disposition of another case in which he is charged with mayhem and battery. According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, he is scheduled for sentencing in that case on Nov. 15.
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