Vallejo man convicted in death of councilwoman’s grandson

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A Vallejo man has been convicted for the fatal shooting of the grandson of Oakland City Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney in 2015.

After two days of deliberating, jurors convicted 22-year-old Shiheim Johnson on Wednesday for first-degree murder, second-degree robbery and two counts of unlawfully possessing a gun.

Officials say Johnson had a prior conviction in 2012 for robbery and was not supposed to own a gun.

Johnson, who was 19-years-old at the time of the murder, and a boy, 15 at the time, had a ‘harebrained idea to commit an armed robbery’ but went wrong, according to Alameda County Prosecutor Tim Wagstaffe.

This led to the death of 17-year-old Torian Hughes.

The incident happened around 1:40 p.m. on Dec. 20, 2015 in the 900 block of Mandela Parkway.

Wagstaffe said that Hughes was looking to buy a gun from the boys to protect himself after he had recently been assaulted on BART.

According to Wagstaffe, Johnson allegedly pointed a gun at Joe Billy Green’s head, who is Hughes’ cousin that was there with him. Johnson then took a cellphone and cash from him before telling the 15-year-old to shoot Hughes.

Omid Khalilnaji, Johnson’s lawyer, stated that Johnson should not be found guilty. He feels that Green identifying Johnson as the suspect is not reliable. 

Officials say that the teenager who is accused of shooting Hughes is being prosecuted in a juvenile court system.

Councilwoman Gibson McElhaney was in attendance of the trial since it started on Feb. 19. However, since the shooting death of her 21-year-old son Victor McElhaney in Los Angeles, she has not been there. 

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