A teenager whose testimony helped convict his mother in a robbery-murder trial was sentenced today to six years in state prison for his role in the June 15, 2010, killing of Fernando Vichez.
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Richard K. Sueyoshi’s sentence finalized the agreement between the DA’s office and the witness, Zevante Goodman, 19. In exchange for his testimony, a murder case against Goodman was reduced to second-degree robbery in the holdup that led to the death of the 50-year-old Vichez.
The youth’s testimony figured prominently in the first-degree murder conviction Jan. 3 against his mother, Fitima Goodman, 39, who acted as the driver the night of the robbery killing. It also helped produce murder convictions on the gunman, Jermaine Antonio Barnes, 26, and two youths who participated in the robbery, Alexander Marquis Lewis, 21, and LaQuwon Warr, 21.
All four are facing life terms with no parole, although Lewis and Warr are expected to challenge their terms based on new case law on defendants who were juveniles at the time of the offense. Their sentences are scheduled for Monday, but are likely to be delayed, court officials said.
Sueyoshi imposed another six-year term today on a second witness in the case, Chelsea Washington, 20, who, like Zevante Goodman, took a second-degree robbery deal in exchange for her testimony.