WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court has reinstated a conviction in a gang drive-by shooting outside Ballard High School in Seattle.
In reversing an appeals court decision today, the Supreme Court says there was no confusion in jury instructions.
It reinstates the second-degree murder conviction of Cesar Sarausad who was a 19-year-old University of Washington student at the time of the 1994 shooting. He got a 27-year prison sentence.
Sarausad drove the car from which another man shot and killed a 16-year-old girl. Melissa Fernandes was a bystander who had nothing to do with the gang dispute.
The shooter, Brian Ronquillo, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to 52 years in prison.
Sarausad said he didn't know Ronquillo had a gun.