2 Men Found Guilty in 2011 Shooting Death of Oakland 3-Year-Old Carlos Nava

By NBC Bay Area Staff
|  Monday, Jun 23, 2014  |  Updated 11:29 AM PDT
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An image of Carlos Fernandez Nava, who was killed in a 2011 drive-by shooting in Oakland.

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A jury has found two alleged gang members guilty of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of a 3-year-old boy in Oakland.

Jurors reached that verdict against Willie Torrence, 25, and Lawrence Denard. Denard, 29, pulled the trigger, while Torrence was the getaway driver.

Carlos Nava was shot and killed on the 6400 block of International Boulevard in 2011.

The verdicts were reached on Friday but weren't announced until Monday morning, when 11 bailiffs were present to guard the courtroom of Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Horner.

The prosecution said the men were trying to get revenge on a rival gang when the toddler was shot. The intended targets in the shooting were hit but survived. 

Prosecutors said Nava was going to a nearby grocery store at the time of the shooting and was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

In addition to first-degree murder, Denard and Torrence were convicted of two counts of premeditated and deliberate attempted murder, two counts of discharging a gun from a vehicle, being ex-felons in possession of a gun and multiple clauses of acting to benefit a criminal street gang.

Denard and Torrence both face life in prison when they are sentenced on July 22.

Booking photos show Torrence (left) and Denard (right).

 

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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