Murder conviction reinstated in Seattle drive-by shooting

Murder conviction reinstated in Seattle drive-by shooting

Credit: SEATTLE TIMES

Melissa Fernandes, 16, was killed in a drive-by shooting in March 1994.

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 18 at 10:13 AM

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.

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