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Man convicted of murder in 2013 Mack Road gas station shooting

Kenneth Barnette was convicted Friday in the shooting death of Darryl Hill at a Mack Road gas station on June 15, 2013.
Kenneth Barnette was convicted Friday in the shooting death of Darryl Hill at a Mack Road gas station on June 15, 2013. Sacramento Police Department

A man who killed a motorist in a midday 2013 shooting over a place in line at a Sacramento gas station was convicted Friday of first-degree murder and will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.

Kenneth Barnette, 29, faces up to 82 years to life in state prison when he is sentenced June 30 in Sacramento Superior Court before Judge Shelleyanne Chang.

The incident happened June 15, 2013, when Barnette, then 27, was waiting in his car for a fuel pump at an ARCO AM/PM convenience store in the 6600 block of Mack Road, prosecutors said.

When another car drove toward an available pump, Barnette saw the car and blocked it with his own.

A passenger in the car, Darryl Hill, 25, got out and told Barnette to move. Barnette shot Hill dead at the pumps and fired more rounds into the car, wounding the driver and narrowly missing a 1-year-old child secured in a child seat.

Barnette was arrested about two weeks after the fatal shooting at a family member’s home, Sacramento police said.

Jurors on Friday also found Barnette guilty of premeditated attempted murder and discharging a firearm at an occupied vehicle, along with allegations that Barnette discharged the firearm that killed Hill.

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