A Superior Court jury took less than three hours to convict two Fresno men in the killing of a man who was struck by ricochet bullet in an alleged marijuana deal gone bad.
Shawn Lamont Brown and Lachance Larue Thomas, both 21, were found guilty on Wednesday of first-degree murder in the 2015 killing of Von Randell Correia Jr., 29, at an east-central Fresno apartment, prosecutor William Lacy said.
Brown, who was identified as the gunman, faces 50 years to life in prison; Thomas faces 26 years to life, Lacy said. They will be sentenced on Nov. 2.
During the trial, Lacy said Correia was shot in the back by a ricochet bullet at the Ashwood Garden apartments on Shields Avenue near Maple Avenue just after midnight on July 28, 2015. Two women and a 13-year-old girl saw Brown and Thomas in the apartment’s courtyard right before gunfire erupted, Lacy said. The three witnesses later identified Brown and Thomas for police, he said.
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Before the victim was shot, residents heard someone say: “Do you have any trees?” In street talk, police say, “trees” means marijuana.