A man convicted of second-degree murder in a fatal shooting stemming from an argument over a bicycle is likely to spend the rest of his life in prison.
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Sweet on Friday sentenced Jerome Bernard Butler, 38, to 95 years to life in prison, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.
Butler was convicted in March of second-degree murder and possession of a firearm as a felon. The jury also found that Butler discharged a firearm causing the death of 45-year-old Carl Talent of Roseville.
On Sept. 5, 2014, Talent was in front of Butler’s residence when he got into an argument with Butler’s girlfriend and her son over a bicycle. After Talent left the area, Butler’s girlfriend told Butler that Talent had threatened her son during the argument.
About 15 minutes later, Butler left his residence and saw Talent about a mile away, in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 2200 block of Hurley Way, in the Arden Arcade area. The two men began arguing, and Butler pulled out a handgun and shot Talent twice, killing him.
Butler has two prior strike convictions for robbery and shooting at an inhabited structure, according to the District Attorney’s Office.