Q: What ever happened to the people who killed D’andre Blackwell in 2010 at the hotel party? How much time did everyone receive?
A: Nine people were arrested in the shooting death of D’andre Blackwell, a popular former Valley High School basketball player, on June 5, 2010, at the Holiday Inn Express at West Stockton and Laguna boulevards in Elk Grove.
Police said several parties, including at least one graduation party, were being held at the venue and word of the parties spread through social networking sites.
According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, police responded to an emergency call from the hotel at 11:18 p.m. and found Blackwell dead in the hallway of the third floor with a gunshot wound to the chest. Blackwell and some friends reportedly were confronted by a large group of males on the first floor, an argument ensued and Blackwell was shot. He made it back to the third floor before collapsing, and the assailants fled.
Four of the defendants – Deandre Lamar Gomes, Kionte Lightner, Graylon Darnell Lindsey and Raymond Shaw – pleaded no contest to being accessories to the crime and received sentences ranging from 16 months to three years and four months in state prison or county jail, according to Sacramento Superior Court online records. A fifth defendant, Isaevion Anderson, pleaded no contest to attempted murder and guilty to participating in criminal street gang activities, and was sentenced to 10 years and 8 months in prison.
Four defendants went to trial in the case. A Sacramento County jury returned a second-degree murder conviction against the accused shooter, Al Henry Allen Sr., but acquitted the three other defendants of the most serious charges of murder and attempted murder. Jurors acquitted one of the three, Marquess Trevon Wilson, of all charges filed against him. They convicted the two other defendants, Brandon Marcel Washington and Jahmal Vance Dawson, of assault with a deadly weapon on two victims who were with Blackwell at the time of the shooting.
Allen was sentenced in July 2013 to 112 years to life in prison, and Washington and Dawson each received 8-year prison terms.
Allen, now 25, is at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad. Dawson, 23, is at High Desert State Prison in Susanville, and Anderson, 20, is at an out-of-state correctional facility in Tallahatchie, Miss. Washington’s name does not appear in the online roster of current California State Prison inmates.