OAKLAND -- A 20-year-old Oakland man on Thursday was sentenced to 13 years in state prison for his role in a gunbattle after the city's First Friday festival in 2013 that left one dead and three wounded.
Donald Everett Parks Jr. said through his public defender that he was sorry the people were hurt in the Feb. 1, 2013, shooting in which a still-unidentified man killed his friend, 18-year-old Kiante Ty Campbell.
The shooting caused the city to scale down and increase security at the street festival held the first Friday every month in the Uptown district as an offshoot of Art Murmur, an art gallery crawl.
Parks told police that the shooting started after Campbell bumped into another man and threats were exchanged. Parks said Campbell pointed a .22-caliber gun into the man's face and tried to shoot, but the gun jammed, according to preliminary testimony.
The other man then fatally shot Campbell, and Parks fired seven shots with a semi-automatic pistol into the crowd gathered in a parking lot on Telegraph Avenue between 20th and 21st streets. The man who fired the fatal shot has never been arrested.
Parks was charged with six felony counts of assault with a firearm, five of which were dismissed as part of a plea deal with the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.
Festival revelers Emma Emmerich and Rebecca Meads, along with an 18-year-old male friend of Parks, were each hit by stray bullets.
The women stood up in court Thursday to say that they believe that Parks should be sentenced to community service and probation because the prison system is "just not working."
The women are supporters of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, a nonprofit organization that does outreach to at-risk youths and offers programs to youthful offenders as part of a mission to promote restorative over punitive justice.
"The solution for community violence is community education," Emmerich said. "Mass incarceration is not stopping the violence."
Sentencing Judge Paul Delucchi said that because Parks was convicted of a violent felony he is, under law, ineligible for probation.
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