USC Shooter Sentenced to 40 Years to Life

Brandon Spencer has received a sentence of 40 years to life for injuring four people when he opened fire at a USC Halloween party in 2012.

LOS ANGELES – A man who injured four people when he opened fire on the University of Southern California campus during a Halloween party two years ago has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison.

In February, Brandon Spencer, 21, was convicted of four counts of attempted murder for the shooting, where he opened fire on a rival gang member in retaliation for a shooting that had left Spencer wounded a year earlier, LA Times reports.

During the October 2012 incident, Spencer, who is identified as a member of a Crips-affiliated gang, arrived at a crowded Halloween on the campus and then left. He later returned with a gun and shot at Geno Hall, 22. He continued firing as Hall fled, injuring three others.

During his sentencing, Spencer sobbed and asked Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Edmund W. Clarke Jr. for leniency, stating that he was “not just some gang-banger” as the prosecutors portrayed him.

Prosecutors argued that Spencer should serve his four terms consecutively; however, Clarke ordered Spencer to serve his sentences concurrently, meaning he will be eligible for parole.


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