Halloween Shooting Suspect Sentenced To 40 Years
The man behind the Halloween shooting at USC that wounded four people was sentenced Friday to 40 years to life in prison. Brandon Spencer, who was convicted in February of four counts of attempted murder, pleaded that the incident was not gang related. He begged the judge for a second chance.
After receiving his sentence, Spencer lashed out and screamed, causing a sheriff’s deputy to grab his shirt during the remanider of the hearing to prevent any other disturbances.
Spencer’s attorney says he plans to appeal the conviction, arguing the three eyewitnesses had contradicting statements.
During the trial, prosecutors argued the shooting was gang related. Deputy District Attorney Antonella Nistorescu said the 21-year-old was a well-known gang member who was seeking revenge against a rival gang the night of the shooting.
Four people were shot, including former Crenshaw High School football player, Geno Hall. In Hall's testimony, he said he didn’t know why he was a target of the attack. Three other witnesses appeared in court and identified Spencer as the shooter. A shirt left at the scene with Spencer's DNA also tied the man to the attack, but there were no fingerprints on the gun found by police.
Nearly 400 people attended the party sponsored by USC's Black Student Assembly on Oct.31 in 2012, but none of the four shooting victims were USC students. The university has since adopted new campus safety policies to address concerns that were raised after the shooting.