BCN44:OAKLAND: COUPLE GETS LENGTHY SENTENCE FOR FATAL SHOOTING OF NEIGHBOR
BCN44 -MURDER SENTENCING
OAKLAND -- A married couple received lengthy state prison sentences Friday for the fatal shooting of their neighbor in East Oakland two years ago that stemmed from a dispute over a $10 bag of marijuana.
Larry Alford and Donisha Rene Allen, both 23, were both charged with murder for the shooting death of 21-year-old Demetria Spears at their apartment complex in the 1900 block of 85th Avenue at about 9:35 p.m. on Aug. 25, 2012.
Alford and Allen also were charged with attempted murder for the shooting of Spears' 14-year-old cousin, who injured in the shooting and was blinded in one eye.
In a plea bargain two months ago, Alford pleaded no contest to second-degree murder for Spears' death and Alford and Allen both pleaded no contest to attempted murder for the shooting of Spears' cousin.
In following the terms of the plea agreement, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Paul Delucchi today sentenced Alford to 24 years to life in state prison and Allen to 10 years.
Prosecutors said the shooting occurred several days after Allen and Spears got into a dispute over a $10 bag of marijuana and then got into a fight.
On Aug. 25, 2012, prosecutors said, the two women resumed their argument and yelled at each other.
Alford then entered the fray by arguing with Spears but wound up getting beaten up by several of her friends, according to prosecutors.
Alford went back to his apartment, grabbed a rifle and fired three shots after Allen encouraged him to open fire, prosecutors said.
One of the shots killed Spears and another struck her cousin in the face, according to prosecutors.
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