Gang members convicted in teenager's shooting death in Pomona
Two gang members were found guilty of murder Monday in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Deon Christopher Davis in Pomona in 2013, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
A jury found Nicholas Keenen Hempstead, who is 22 and black, guilty of first-degree murder. David Adams Jr., who is 24 and black, was found guilty of second-degree murder. A jury also found true allegations that the two men were members of the Sintown 357 gang as well as gun allegations.
Adams and Hempstead were in Pomona on Aug. 31, 2013, when they got into a dispute with Davis, who was a member of the Pasadena Denver Lane gang, the prosecutor said. All three men then drove to the 1200 block of Cromwell Avenue where they planned to fight. Hempstead instead fatally shot Davis. The black teenager was pronounced dead at the scene.
Adams and Hempstead are scheduled to return to court on Jan. 13 for sentencing. Both men face sentences of life in prison.