SAN BERNARDINO – Over 4 ½ years after the death of the 2012 murder of a 15-year-old boy near Arroyo Valley High School, the three responsible for his death have been convicted. After two juries heard the 20-day trial, and after several days of deliberations one returned a guilty verdict for San Bernardino residents, Taron Anderson, 21, and Lavelle Miller, 20.
Miller and Anderson, who were minors at the time of the incident were both charged as adults and were found guilty of second-degree murder, with a gang allegation. It was also found true that a gun was used in the murder of Anthony Dewayne Mitchell. Both Miller and Anderson face 40 years to life in prison.
The third suspect, Lemonta Maddox, 22, was also found guilty by the second jury on Thursday, October 20, 2016, of second-degree murder with jurors finding true a gang allegation and that a gun was used to commit the murder.
District Attorney officials said that the shooting murder of Mitchell, a Rialto boy, occurred shortly after a verbal altercation near Arroyo Valley High School in the City of San Bernardino. A school police officer was in the area that was prone to violent activity. “Another unknown gang member, however, distracted the officer causing the officer to chase after him in the opposite direction which provided an opportunity for the shooter to execute the victim,” said Masonek.
Multiple gunshots were fired, several hitting Mitchell. Mitchell was rushed to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, but succumbed to his injuries shortly after.
All three defendants are scheduled for sentencing on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.
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