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Gang member convicted in fatal shooting at Sacramento party

A man accused of fatally shooting a fellow partygoer following a confrontation in March 2014 has been convicted of first-degree murder.

A Sacramento County jury also found that gun and gang allegations against Byran Thomas, 25, were true, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

On March 22, 2014, the victim, 21-year-old Davon Brown, went to a party at an apartment in the 300 block of River Bend Circle in Sacramento’s Upper Land Park area. During the party, Thomas and his friends confronted Brown and told him he looked like he was from the south Sacramento street gang Starz. Thomas is a member of the Starz’s rival gang, Zilla, authorities said.

Thomas and his friends asked Brown where he was from, a question seen as a challenge in the gang culture. Brown denied any gang affiliation. After the confrontation, Thomas fired several shot at Brown, killing him.

Thomas was taken into custody the following night after a two-hour standoff with police at an apartment complex in the 2200 block of Gateway Oaks Drive.

Thomas has “three strikes” under California law and faces a potential sentence of 100 years to life in prison. He is to be sentenced April 21 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Sharon Lueras.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy