A Sacramento jury has found a man guilty of committing a robbery for the benefit of his criminal street gang.
The jury on Tuesday convicted Shaquile Jerrell Williams, 20, of robbery, and also found that he committed it for the benefit and in association with the Stick Up Starz gang, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.
On Sept. 12, 2012, Williams and his cousin Harold Dossman, who is also a known Stick Up Starz gang member, severely beat the victim and robbed him of his cellphone, car keys, money and cigarettes, authorities said. During the assault, the men reportedly yelled out “Starz Up!” and “Gunz Down!” to promote their gang.
Williams is to be sentenced April 3 before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Greta Curtis Fall.
Dossman, 26, has a prior 2011 robbery conviction, which is a strike under California’s “three-strikes” law, authorities said. He previously pleaded no contest to the 2012 robbery and is to be sentenced April 10, also before Fall.
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