Q: In the 2010 murder of Aliyah Smith, only one man was convicted and the other was not. What happened with everyone else who was involved in the shooting?
A: Charges initially were filed against 12 people in the Jan. 3, 2010, shooting death of 15-year-old Aliyah Smith at a home on Nedra Court in Sacramento’s Meadowview area.
According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, the shooting occurred about 12:30 a.m. after a fight at a party. Smith and her friends had gone to a residence on Nedra Court and about a dozen young people came looking for Smith and her friends, thinking they had stolen their cell phones.
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The prosecutor said D’Andre Leon Monroe and Marcel Bullard pulled guns and fired into the air. Monroe then fired at a residence and struck Smith, who was peeking out a bedroom window. She died at the scene.
A jury convicted Monroe of second-degree murder and he was sentenced in September 2014 to 40 years in prison. The jury acquitted Bullard of murder but found him guilty of grossly negligent discharge of a firearm. He was sentenced to nine years and eight months in prison.
Another defendant, Marschell Brumfield, pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to six years in prison.
Eight of the original 12 defendants – Mary Adams, Shavana Adams, Talisha Harston, Tyrell Penney, Brielle Randell, Natosha Rassberry, Loren Searcey and Alison Williams – pleaded no contest to being an accessory to murder and were sentenced to five years of probation and a year or less in jail.
Charges were dismissed against the 12th defendant, Omar Davis.
Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.