Man convicted of murder, gang charges in 2006 house party shooting 

A jury Wednesday convicted a 25-year-old San Francisco man of murder for the 2006 shooting of a teen outside a late-night house party by gang members who crashed the party, prosecutors said.

The San Francisco Superior Court jury deliberated for five days before finding Vernon Anderson guilty of all counts, including felony murder, robbery, attempted robbery, participating in a criminal street gang, conspiracy to commit robbery, and shooting into a house, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Police and prosecutors said Anderson and other members of the Randolph Mob came to the party in the 300 block of Victoria Street in the Lakeview neighborhood at about 2 a.m. on Sept. 16, 2006, and tried to rob high school and college students gathered outside.

During the fray, several shots were fired, and 19-year-old Zachary Roche-Balsam was struck and killed. Anderson was arrested in April 2007.

“As part of a calculated crime spree this defendant showed a reckless disregard for human life that resulted in a teenager’s senseless killing,” District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement.

Eyewitnesses said Anderson was one of two men with a gun, but did not identify him as the shooter, according to prosecutors. However, he was convicted under the state’s felony-murder rule which allows for a participant in a robbery in which someone is killed to be found guilty of murder.

Anderson claimed during the seven-week trial that he had been somewhere else the night of the shooting.

He faces 50 years to life in prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office. A June 17 court date is scheduled to set a date for sentencing.

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