Three male gang members, who fatally shot a 15-year-old boy near a high school in San Bernardino when a school police officer was distracted by another gang member, have been convicted of murder, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.
Taron Anderson, 21, Lavelle Miller, 20, and Lemonta Maddox, 22, all of San Bernardino, were found guilty of second degree murder this week by jurors, for the 2012 fatal shooting of Anthony Dewayne Mitchell near Arroyo Valley High School, the DA’s office said in a news release.
Both sets of jurors also found true a gang allegation and that a gun was used to commit the murder of Mitchell.
According to prosecutors, moments before the shooting a school police officer at Arroyo Valley High School was parked at an intersection watching an area known for violence when he was deliberately distracted.
“Another unknown gang member, however, distracted the officer causing the officer to chase after him in the opposite direction which provided an opportunity for the shooter to execute the victim,” Deputy District Attorney Christine Masonek said in a released statement.
Anderson and Miller, who were minors at the time of the murder, were charged as adults and both face 40 years to life in state prison, prosecutors said.
The three men are scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 15.