A Sacramento gang member was sentenced Friday to more than 60 years in prison for attempted murder in a September 2013 shooting prompted by the color of another man’s hat.
Jason Marez, 28, was found guilty in January of attempted murder, assault with a firearm, being a felon in possession of a weapon and committing crimes on behalf of the Norteño street gang in the Sept. 15, 2013, incident.
Marez, driving a red Dodge Neon, pulled up next to Seth Brown’s sedan around 7 p.m. at the intersection of Norwood and Jessie avenues. Brown’s then 14-year-old daughter also was in the vehicle, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.
Marez – a confirmed member of the Northern California-based Norteño gang, which wears the color red – noticed that Brown was wearing a blue cap. Marez mistook Brown for a member of a rival Southern California gang, the Sureños, whose members sport the color blue, according to Sacramento County District Attorney Satnam Rattu.
“Where are you from, homeboy?” Marez asked Brown, of Sacramento. When Brown, 35, did not respond, Marez drew a gun and threatened to shoot Brown and his teenage daughter, authorities said.
Brown put his car in reverse to escape and hit the car behind him. Marez fled as Brown stepped out of his car to exchange information with the other driver.
Marez returned shortly after and pursued Brown’s vehicle onto westbound Highway 80. He began shooting at Brown’s vehicle, but Marez’s car quickly became disabled by a flat tire. Police arrested Marez shortly after, Rattu said.
Neither Brown nor his daughter was injured.
Because Marez was previously convicted of first-degree burglary with a firearm in 2006 and has a history of gang-related criminal activity, he faces a lengthy sentence of 60 years and 8 months in prison, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.