A 19-year-old gangbanger could spend 13 years in prison for carrying a gun.
But Jacori Bender can blame his mouth as much as the gun for the possibility of a stiff sentence, according to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. It certainly did not help that Bender told a security guard in 2009, “I’m the Real Oakdale Boy, ya’ll gonna get blasted up in here,” prosecutors said.
That alleged witticism is one of several pieces of evidence that helped prove Bender, of San Francisco, is a member of the Oakdale Mob gang, an affiliation that packs enhanced penalties when added into a criminal case.
Bender was convicted Monday of charges stemming from a May 28 incident in which he was seen throwing a gun away while running away from cops, prosecutors said. Investigators said he stole the .9mm Smith & Wesson semiautomatic handgun.
“The evidence presented at trial proved the defendant has a history of gang contacts in the Hunters Point area,” prosecutors said, including the conviction for misdemeanor criminal threats.
Bender is scheduled to be sentenced on April 8.
District Attorney George Gascón called the conviction a “landmark verdict” and a step toward “stopping gang members in their tracks.”
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