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Gang member convicted of first-degree murder in 2012 shooting of bystander

Tyrie Allen Tholmer, accused of killing a paraplegic man caught in the crossfire during a 2012 shootout in south Sacramento, has been convicted of first-degree murder.

A Sacramento County jury on Monday also found Tholmer, 20, guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm in the killing of 22-year-old Dominique Baker.

Baker, who suffered from cerebral palsy, had relied on a wheelchair since he was a child. Prosecutors said that on Nov. 7, 2012, Baker was struck in the back by three bullets from Tholmer’s gun. The fatal shooting occurred during a late-night gun battle on 65th Avenue.

Tholmer, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, was a veteran gang member, according to prosecutors. He was armed with a 9-millimeter handgun when he became involved in the middle-of-the-street shootout, and Baker was caught in the crossfire. The person Tholmer had targeted in the shootout, Daymon Wood, was not charged.

Attorneys for Tholmer said he fired the weapon in self-defense as he fled gunshots and that Baker was an unintended target.

Tholmer is to be sentenced June 12 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Greta Curtis Fall.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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