A parolee accused of endangering two children during a high-speed chase and subsequent standoff with police has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
A Sacramento County jury in August convicted 28-year-old Deon Hampton of evading an officer with willful disregard for the safety of other people and two counts of child abuse. He was sentenced Friday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White.
Hampton, a known member of the Oak Park Blood gang, was on parole at the time of the offense, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. On Oct. 1, 2014, he was seen getting into a car with his 9-year-old son and his girlfriend’s 6-year-old daughter. A police officer in a marked patrol car attempted to stop Hampton in his vehicle, but Hampton fled.
Hampton sped through heavy commuter traffic and ran a stop sign at a busy intersection, nearly colliding with two vehicles, authorities said.
Law enforcement task force members went to Hampton’s apartment near Azevedo Drive and West El Camino Avenue in Sacramento’s South Natomas area and saw him run into the apartment with the two children. Hampton refused to come out of the apartment, resulting in a four-hour standoff with SWAT officers while the children were inside. Hampton eventually surrendered.
A subsequent search of the apartment revealed two loaded firearm magazines, authorities said.
Hampton has a prior 2009 strike conviction under California’s “three strikes” law for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, with a gang enhancement, and a 2007 conviction for carrying an unregistered concealed firearm.