OAKLAND -- An Oakland man was sentenced Friday to 53 years to life in prison in the slaying of a 19-year-old Laney College student in 2012, a crime he continues to assert he didn't commit.
"This was a tragedy; that doesn't mean Mr. McDaniel did it," said defense attorney Anne Beles, who argued at her client's trial that 38-year-old Remon McDaniel was misidentified as the person who shot and killed Isaac Jamal White on Jan. 4, 2012.
"Mr. McDaniel has denied that he did it from the very beginning," Beles said.
Jurors in January convicted McDaniel of first-degree murder after prosecutor Timothy Burr Jr. presented evidence that McDaniel killed White, an acquaintance, outside White's home on East 25th Street.
McDaniel felt disrespected and threatened White after he refused to let him in his residence, Burr argued. Two hours later, White was shot six times upon walking outside while talking on his cellphone.
Wanda Washington said in court Friday that she felt like she was hit in the head by a two-by-four when she learned of her grandson's death and lived in fear while McDaniel was on the run from police. She called McDaniel a callous killer and said she wished he received the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
"You are also a thief. When you murdered Isaac, you stole his future," Washington told McDaniel at sentencing. "You also stole from society all the good his life promised."
White was getting ready to graduate from Laney College and transfer to a four-year university when he was killed. Laney honored him with a scholarship in his name.
McDaniel on Friday expressed condolences to White's family. McDaniel's attorney said he will be appealing his conviction.
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