Man to face jury trial for Christmas shooting

A man accused of shooting two teenage brothers multiple times as they opened presents on Christmas Day in 2005 will face a jury trial after rejecting a plea deal offered by prosecutors Monday.

Danell Pratt, 32, will face a life sentence if convicted in the attack on the boys, who survived the shooting, San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Wagstaffe declined to discuss the specifics of the offer made to Pratt. The trial is scheduled for Jan. 14.

Prosecutors allege that Pratt burst through the front door of the brothers’ East Palo Alto home and pointed a gun at the head of the 15-year-old. When the victim’s 17-year-old brother jumped in front of the gun, Pratt allegedly shot the older boy six times — including three times in the chest.

He then allegedly shot the 15-year-old seven times in the legs and abdomen, Wagstaffe said.

Pratt has blamed the crime on his twin. In an unrelated case, Pratt was found guilty Feb. 28 of this year of raping a teenage girl living in an East Palo Alto group home and sentenced to 18 years in state prison.

tbarak@examiner.com

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