Richmond man sentenced to prison time for shooting

| November 4, 2011

A Richmond man was sentenced this morning to 40 years to life in prison for a gang-related shooting in 2010 in a church during Valentine's Day services that critically injured two teens.

Judge John W. Kennedy said in a Martinez courtroom today that Marcel Buggs, 20, showed a "lack of concern for the lives of human beings" when he fired several rounds inside the New Gethsemane Church of God in Christ in Richmond — "the last place on earth where people expect to be murdered".

On Feb. 14, 2010, Buggs, then 18, entered the church at 2100 Roosevelt Ave. armed with a handgun and a premeditated plan to shoot a rival gang member who was there.

But Buggs, who was with two other teens, ended up shooting the man's two younger brothers, a 19-year-old and 14-year-old, Deputy District Attorney Aron Deferrari said.

In July, a jury convicted Buggs of three counts of attempted murder, one count of burglary and one count of being a member of a criminal street gang. He was also found guilty of enhancements for using a gun, for inflicting great bodily injury and for being a gang member.

Three people who witnessed the shooting identified Buggs as the shooter, Deferrari said.

During the trial, the defense argued that Buggs was not a gang member and had been misidentified because of a YouTube video in which he wielded a gun and talked about hurting North Richmond residents.

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