P. v. Alvarez
Filed 5/8/06 P. v. Alvarez CA4/2
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IN THE COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
FOURTH APPELLATE DISTRICT
Plaintiff and Respondent,
Defendant and Appellant.
APPEAL from the Superior Court of San Bernardino County. Donald R. Alvarez, Judge. Affirmed.
Christine Vento, under appointment by the Court of Appeal, for Defendant and Appellant.
Bill Lockyer, Attorney General, Robert R. Anderson, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Gary W. Schons, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Barry J. T. Carlton, Supervising Deputy Attorney General, and Kristine A. Gutierrez, Deputy Attorney General, for Plaintiff and Respondent.
Defendant was convicted of three counts of assault with a firearm for shooting three bystanders during a gang-related dispute. The jury found on each count that defendant (1) was armed with and personally used a handgun; (2) inflicted great bodily injury; and (3) committed the crime for the benefit of a criminal street gang.
The court sentenced defendant to 33 years 4 months. We affirm the judgment.
FACTUAL AND PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND
A. Prosecution Evidence
1. Before the shootings
Sometime after dark on or about September 14, 2001, James Pennywell and Rico Goodman were at a park at Ninth and Mt. Vernon in the Westside area of San Bernardino. Pennywell walked up to a Hispanic man and asked him if he had a lighter. The man asked Pennywell, â€