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People v Michael Herbert Horace

On August 5, 2016, a jury found defendant Michael Herbert Horace guilty as charged of first degree murder of Oakland man Tass Jackson.

On April 29, 2015 at approximately 12:58 am, Mr Tass Jackson was shot and killed on 46th Avenue between East 12th St. and International Boulevard in Oakland, CA. Victim Jackson was a 51-year-old Oakland resident who had just finished working at a late-night recycling business located on 46th Avenue.

A truck pulled up and stopped in front of the gate to the recycling business, and victim Jackson ran across the street. The defendant, Michael Horace, got out of the truck and followed Jackson across the street. Jackson attempted to climb a fence but was unable to, and he stood between the fence and the front hood of a parked car.

While standing on the other side of the parked car, Defendant Horace pointed a gun at Jackson. Jackson had his hands up, begged for his life, and apologized to Defendant Horace. Words were exchanged between the two men.

Two witnesses were in a car parked near where the defendant and Jackson were talking and witnessed the event. Jackson yelled for help from his friend at the recycling business across the street. Defendant Horace shot Jackson and he collapsed in the fetal position.

Meanwhile, the victim’s friend had grabbed a gun, exited the property, and fired at multiple shots at Defendant Horace as he fled the scene in the truck. A cell phone was found at the scene of the crime. The cell phone belonged to Defendant Horace.

Defendant Michael Herbert Horace is scheduled to be sentenced on September 2, 2016.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Peter McGuiness with assistance from DA Inspector Tom Milner and Victim-Witness Advocate Marina Hammergren.

Posted on Aug 24, 2016