OAKLAND -- A defiant convicted murderer on Friday was sent to prison for 60 years to life, but not before a judge told him to "shut up" as family members of the victim addressed the court.
Anthony Hoskins, 31, jabbered at his attorney throughout his sentencing hearing and became animated and shouted out when family members of Brondon "Thudda Boy" McDaniel spoke of the pain his murder has caused.
"For real, I didn't kill nobody," Hoskins shouted just before a visibly annoyed Alameda County Superior Court Judge Allan Hymer told the defendant to be quiet.
"Let's show some dignity here, so shut up," Hymer said. "Just shut up."
Hoskins was found guilty of second-degree murder for helping his friend Ezell Edwards, 24, kill McDaniel on Feb. 4, 2012, because of a dispute over a federal income tax fraud scheme.
According to testimony presented at trial, Edwards and his girlfriend, Reshay Collier, had worked on an income tax fraud scheme with either McDaniel or McDaniel's roommate the year before McDaniel was killed.
In 2012, either McDaniel or his roommate conducted the scheme on their own. That angered Collier, who told Edwards to go talk with McDaniel and the roommate about the tax scheme.
Instead of talking, however, Edwards and Hoskins killed McDaniel, shooting at him 12 times. At least four bullets entered McDaniel's body, with one shot in the head.
Witnesses testified that Edwards and Hoskins then bragged about the killing, giving graphic details to others and laughing about how they watched McDaniel's "spill his noodles" after they shot him in the head.
Collier testified against the pair, as did Terrence White, a jailhouse informant who said that Hoskins bragged about the killing while the two spent time together at Santa Rita Jail.
Hoskins' defense attorney, Darryl Billups, declined to comment after the sentencing. Hoskins asked the judge to remove Billups as his attorney before the sentencing, and it appeared both were frustrated and angry with each other throughout the proceeding.
While Hoskins was found guilty of second-degree murder, he must spend more than 50 years in prison because the murder is his second strike under the state's three strikes law. Hoskins' first serious and violent felony conviction was for kidnapping in 2006.
McDaniel's mother and grandmother said the killing had devastated their lives and ruined the promising rap career of their son and grandchild.
"You, as a young black man perpetrating all this evil against your own brother. What happened to you?" Clara Jones, McDaniel's grandmother said. "You will have a long time to think about this."
McDaniel's mother, Dana, said the murder has left her with a broken heart that will never be healed.
"I'm glad that you have been found guilty so that no one else can be hurt," she said. "I really don't understand what happened in your life that brought you to this."
Edwards was earlier given a 40-years-to-life sentence, which was lower because he did not have a violent prior strike.