Oakland gangbanger convicted in 2005 killing of San Francisco man 

As Robert Mariano lectured a woman about the dangers of bringing gang members into the neighborhood, a Sureño thug unloaded four bullets into him, killing him.

On Tuesday, gangbanger Nelson Barrera, of Oakland, was convicted of second-degree murder for the heartless attack on Dec. 6, 2005, according to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

Barrera claimed he was defending himself, prosecutors said. According to evidence presented in court, Barrera opened fire on Mariano, 22, as the victim yelled at Barrera’s girlfriend about bringing gang members to the area. Mariano was shot four times, twice in the back, and died at the hospital.

Barrera fled to Los Angeles, where he was later arrested, police said. Upon arrest, he was “found in a gang vehicle with a list of gang members in his wallet,” prosecutors said. He also had gang-themed tattoos, jewelry and clothing, they said.

Barrera faces 40 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on April 6.

“The defendant’s vicious actions not only took the life of the victim but also destroyed the lives of his family and shattered the community,” District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement.

The jury deliberated for just two days before finding Barrera guilty.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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