By Bay City News—
A man was sentenced today to 60 years to life in state prison for
fatally shooting a man in Oakland following a drunken early morning argument
Godfrey Jamal Jackson, 28, of Oakland, was convicted in December
of second-degree murder for the death of 24-year-old MiAndrew Rachal, of
Emeryville, in the 900 block of West MacArthur Boulevard at about 2:40 a.m.
on Sept. 6, 2012.
In pronouncing her sentence against Jackson, Alameda County
Superior Court Judge Trina Thompson said the shooting was "somewhat
perplexing" and indicates that "we've reached a point in our community that
being disrespected and engaging in a battle of words can result in the loss
Thompson said Jackson, Rachal and others were drinking on the
street in the early morning hours when "offensive words were exchanged"
during an apparent "rap battle."
Jackson then obtained a gun and fired multiple shots at Rachal,
who she said was "vulnerable and unarmed."
Rachal was struck by five shots and died at the scene, she said.
Jackson's term of 15 years to life for his second-degree murder
conviction was doubled to 30 years to life because he has prior strike
offenses, including lewd conduct with a 13-year-old girl.
He also received 25
years to life for using a gun to kill Rachal and five years for his prior
Jackson was on the run for more than three months after the
shooting but was finally arrested in Oakland on Dec. 13, 2012.
Oakland police previously had received a tip on Oct. 15, 2012,
that Jackson was at a house in the 900 block of 21st Street in West Oakland
but he was not found after an extensive search by SWAT officers.
Jackson's lawyer, James Mann, asked Thompson today to sentence
Jackson to a shorter term because he had a difficult childhood in which he
suffered "psychological and physical trauma."
Prosecutor Autrey James said he sympathizes with the fact that
Jackson's upbringing "was not the best" but said Jackson should be held
responsible for his actions because he had the opportunity to get counseling
after his previous convictions.