People v Brandon Wallace

On March 21, 2016, a jury found defendant Brandon Wallace guilty as charged of first degree murder, attempted murder, and unlawful firearm activity, with enhancements for personally and intentionally discharging a firearm causing great bodily injury.

On October 26th, 2010, at approximately 8:30am, defendants Brandon Wallace and Coleon Carroll were in driving in Berkeley. Two men -- Gary Ferguson Jr. and Larry Belle -- were standing outside a barbershop on Sacramento Street where Belle worked. Defendant Wallace and an unknown accomplice approached the two men and began firing at close range.

During the course of the shooting, Wallace's accomplice accidentally shot Wallace in the back of his left leg. The shooters fled down Sacramento Street and into an alley to the getaway car, the accomplice in front with Wallace limping behind him.

Defendant Wallace was dropped off at Kaiser in Richmond where he was treated for a gunshot wound to his left leg. When Richmond Police responded to the hospital to investigate reports of a gunshot wound, Wallace gave false identification and an elaborate story that he was the victim of an attempt robbery in Richmond, where was shot in the back of the leg while fleeing the suspect.

Berkeley Police located the getaway car at Defendant Carroll's residence during the service of search warrant on the evening of the murder. DNA tests revealed the blood located on front passenger seat was matched to Defendant Wallace.

Defendant Carroll pled guilty to felony voluntary manslaughter in February 2016 and was sentenced to 13 years in state prison on March 21.

Defendant Brandon Wallace is scheduled to be sentenced on May 20, 2016. The case was prosecuted by DDA Matt Wendt with assistance from DA Inspector Lou Cruz and Victim-Witness Advocate Kelli Sage.

Posted on Mar 31, 2016