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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened in case of teenager slain at Meadowview house party?

Whatever happened in the case of Robert Lee Haynes, who was killed at a house party in Meadowview ?

– Young and Wise, Sacramento

Marvel Montreal Barksdale, 21, pleaded no contest in February to voluntary manslaughter in the 2008 shooting death of 16-year-old Robert Haynes at a house party on Detroit Boulevard in Sacramento’s Meadowview neighborhood.

Barksdale was convicted of the same charge in 2010 and sentenced to 26 years in prison. The conviction was overturned by California’s Third District Court of Appeal on grounds of ineffective counsel assistance. He was awaiting retrial in Sacramento Superior Court when he entered the no contest plea in February. Barksdale was sentenced March 6 to 14 years in state prison and is at Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy.

Three other teenagers were injured in the August 2008 gang-related shooting. According to stories in The Bee, witnesses said Barksdale, then a sophomore at Foothill High School, showed up at the party with friends from the Guttah Boys gang. They gathered in the back yard at the party, then stormed inside after a Fourth Avenue Bloods gang contingent arrived.

A .32-caliber bullet struck Haynes, a projected starter on the Sacramento High School football team, in the back of the head and killed him.