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People v Leonard Charles Jones

On February 23, 2016, a jury found defendant Leonard Charles Jones guilty of attempted murder, assault with a semiautomatic firearm, discharging a firearm at an occupied vehicle, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On June 16, 2013, around 9:30 pm, Gbessaykai Massaquoi was dropping off his friend, Patience Tamba, at her apartment in San Leandro with three of his friends. Ms Tamba exited the vehicle and was followed back towards her apartment by Defendant Jones.

Mr Massaquoi saw this, and drove into the parking lot to make sure Ms Tamba entered her apartment safely. Once Ms Tamba was inside her apartment, Defendant Jones approached Mr Massaquoi's vehicle. Defendant Jones then pulled out a black semiautomatic firearm and ordered Mr Massaquoi and his passengers to "bounce."

As Mr Massaquoi began to reverse his vehicle out of the apartment's parking lot, Defendant Jones opened fire in rapid succession. He hit Mr Massaquoi twice - once in the left forearm and once in the left ankle- but miraculously did not injure the other passengers.

Defendant Jones is scheduled to be sentenced on May 6, 2016. This case was prosecuted by DDA Veronica Rios Reddick with assistance from DA Inspectors Frank Bonifacio and Sheralyn Padua, and Victim-Witness Advocate Nadia Bueno.

Posted on Feb 24, 2016