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Ex-boyfriend convicted of killing Sacramento fashion designer

Murder suspect Dameshlo Green covers his face after his first appearance in court  in 2014. Green, 38, also was found guilty Tuesday of being a felon in possession of a firearm and using a firearm in the shooting death of 31-year-old Tamisha Evette Ridge.
Murder suspect Dameshlo Green covers his face after his first appearance in court in 2014. Green, 38, also was found guilty Tuesday of being a felon in possession of a firearm and using a firearm in the shooting death of 31-year-old Tamisha Evette Ridge. hamezcua@sacbee.com

A man accused of killing his former girlfriend after breaking into her home in May 2014 has been convicted of first-degree murder.

Dameshlo Green, 38, also was found guilty Tuesday of being a felon in possession of a firearm and using a firearm in the shooting death of 31-year-old Tamisha Evette Ridge, a Sacramento fashion designer, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

This was Green's second trial in the case. After a three-week trial and four days of deliberation in October 2016, a previous jury was unable to reach a verdict.

Green and Ridge, the mother of three children, had an on-and-off relationship for more than 10 years. After five years of no contact, they resumed their relationship until Ridge broke it off with Green a few months later, according to the news release. On May 14, 2014, Green entered Ridge's Woodbine Avenue home, went into her bedroom and shot her in the head with a shotgun, according to prosecutors.

During his first trial, Green admitted entering the home in an attempt to talk to Ridge about re-establishing a relationship, but denied shooting her.

Prosecutors, during the previous trial, argued that Green entered the home through an unlocked door armed with a sawed-off shotgun and entered Ridge's bedroom. There, he awakened a man, later identified as Lee Williams, and the two struggled over the gun before a shot rang out. Green then fled the home.

The allegation that Green had a prior 2011 assault with a deadly weapon strike conviction under California’s three-strikes law will be determined at sentencing, the news release said.

Green is to be sentenced March 27 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Helena Gweon.

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