OAKLAND — Sophy Kong claimed he “blacked out” throughout his violent rampage by means of San Leandro in 2016 that left one individual lifeless and two injured.
A jury didn’t purchase it, and on Friday the 36-year-old man who claimed madness throughout his trial was sentenced to life in jail with out the opportunity of parole — the harshest jail sentence potential in need of the dying penalty.
Certainly one of his victims got here to court docket to observe the sentencing — the person who was so badly crushed by Kong the night time of June 4, 2016 that legislation enforcement thought he was already lifeless once they arrived on scene. He testified throughout the trial that his life will without end be modified due to these accidents.
Jamila Puttum-Jackson, the widow of Sukia Jackson, 43, of Foster Metropolis, additionally attended, sitting within the courtroom with different members of the family. Kong was convicted of killing her husband in an nearly “execution-style.”
The couple was married for 18 years and had 4 kids, now ages 20, 18, 15, and 12. Puttum-Jackson wrote in a press release learn out loud by prosecutor Danielle Hilton that she was “grief-stricken.”
“To sit down within the court docket day after day in ache, watching Sophy Kong with a clean look on his face is sickening,” she wrote.
She wrote in regards to the issue of sending their eldest daughter off to varsity only one month after her father was killed.
“The void in our hearts won’t ever be mended,” Puttum-Jackson mentioned.
Jackson was shot within the head as he sat on his motorbike outdoors of Shooter’s Bar within the 1500 block of 150th Avenue in unincorporated San Leandro on June 4, 2016. Jackson was a San Francisco Muni operator.
Kong was additionally accused of the tried murders of two others — the person he badly beat together with his gun after chasing him, and one other he shot at. The jury convicted him on all counts in September 2018. Shortly after, the identical jury additionally discovered him sane throughout the time of the crimes, basically rejecting his not responsible by cause of madness plea.
In the course of the trial, Kong took the stand in his personal protection, answering questions blankly, and hardly transferring when he sat on the witness stand. He claimed he didn’t bear in mind any of the night time’s occasions and mentioned he had been consuming with a buddy at his home, and had about three to 5 beers.
Kong claimed to have a historical past of psychological points, together with listening to voices that threatened to kill his household. He additionally mentioned folks have been following him, and that he was terrified of the threats the voices made.
“This was a case that was most troubling,” mentioned Alameda County Superior Court docket Decide Trina Thompson mentioned.
Thompson, who presided over each the prison trial and sanity part trial, mentioned the assaults appeared unprovoked. The best way he killed Jackson was “excessive” and nearly “execution-style,” she mentioned.
“It was fairly chilly, it was violent,” she mentioned.
The decide additionally took time to touch upon Kong’s psychological well being sickness. She mentioned as a neighborhood, “we aren’t doing job” in psychological well being care. There are gaps institutionally, the decide mentioned.
Kong was sentenced to a minimum of 50 years to life in jail with out the opportunity of parole. It was the particular circumstances cost of “mendacity in wait” that made him eligible for all times with out parole. He will even need to pay restitution of greater than $27,000 to the victims or their households.