A jury has convicted an Oklahoma City gang member of killing a man he mistook for a rival gang member, prosecutors said.
Tommy Long, 20, was found guilty Thursday of first-degree murder in the June 8, 2011, shooting death of Jerry Clark, 45.
Clark was found shot to death in his vehicle in the 2100 block of NE 28 Street. He reportedly lived with his girlfriend but received mail at his aunt's house, and was shot to death while leaving her home after a visit, police said.
Prosecutors alleged Long, a Neighborhood Crips gang member, and three others intended to rob Clark, who they thought was a Hoover Crips gang member because he was wearing an orange shirt.
Clark, a tree trimmer, was wearing a work shirt and had just left work when was gunned down, prosecutors said. He was not affiliated with a gang, Oklahoma County Assistant District Attorney Dan Gridley said Friday.
Long and the others lied in wait for Clark while he visited his aunt and tried to rob him as he backed out of her driveway, Gridley said.
“When he tried to flee they shot into his vehicle and tried to kill him,” the prosecutor said, adding that 12 rounds penetrated Clark's 2008 Cadillac.
Long was also convicted on a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery. He faces life in prison plus 10 years when he is sentenced Dec. 19.
Co-defendant Davion Pollard is awaiting trial on a murder charge. A third defendant, Sean Austin Anderson, pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge and received 10 years in prison plus 10 years for violating his probation in an unrelated case. A fourth defendant, Chase Devon Calton, pleaded guilty to a murder charge and was sentenced as a youthful offender because he was 14 when Clark was killed.
Calton could be sentenced to prison for life if he fails to complete a treatment program administered by the Office of Juvenile Affairs.