OAKLAND -- An Oakland man was sentenced on Friday to 60 years to life in prison for fatally shooting a 24-year-old Emeryville man during a confrontation during a late night street gathering in 2012.
An Alameda County jury in December convicted Godfrey Jamal Jackson, 28, of second-degree murder and gun-related charges for shooting MiAndrew Rachal five times on Sept. 6, 2012 in Oakland in the 900 block of West McArthur Boulevard as people were gathered to drink. Rachal was the grandson of Emeryville's first African-America mayor Robert Lee Savage, who served two terms in the mid-1990s.
Defense attorney James Mann sought a mistrial for Jackson on Friday, arguing that Jackson should have been convicted of manslaughter because he was provoked and acted in the heat of passion.
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