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Oakland Man Enters Plea for Role in Fatal 2013 Hayward Shooting

A man pleaded no contest on Friday to an accessory charge for his role in the fatal gang-related shooting of a 16-year-old boy in Centennial Park in Hayward in 2013.

Daniel Nunez, who was 17 at the time and is now 22, entered his plea in connection with the fatal shooting of Kristopher Prasinos of Hayward at the park in the 2400 block of Amador Street at about 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 18, 2013.

Authorities believe that Josue Lupian, who was 16 at the time and is now 21, was the person who shot Prasinos.

Nunez, who was charged with murder, also pleaded no contest to an enhancement clause that he participated in the shooting in order to benefit a criminal street gang.

Nunez's plea agreement calls for him to get a 9-year prison term when he's sentenced on June 28 but he will be released from custody at that time because he's already been in jail for nearly six years and has accumulated extra credits.

Lupian is still awaiting a trial on a murder charge for the fatal shooting and is scheduled to return to court on June 7 for a pretrial hearing.

Nunez's attorney Alex Harper said the plea agreement "is a good resolution to the case and the accessory charge is appropriate."

Harper said Nunez "had no idea his friend (Lupian) was armed" and would carry out a shooting.

The confrontation that led toe the fatal shooting of Prasinos began when Lupian and Nunez approached a group of girls who were hanging around Centennial Park, as Nunez had gone to school with them, Hayward police Officer Robert Lampkin wrote in a probable cause statement.

Lupian and Nunez "began yelling terms of allegiance to their gang" at the girls, who at one time had associated with members of a rival gang, Lampkin said.

Lupian and Nunez left the park briefly but when they returned Prasinos and a male friend had arrived at the park, according to Lampkin.

Nunez pulled out a knife and brandished it at one of the girls and when Prasinos approached the girl in an effort to help her Lupian shot him, Lampkin wrote.

After Prasinos fell to the ground Lupian laughed at him and Nunez "said something to the effect of, 'Now you know who you're messing with,'" Lampkin said.

Prasinos died at a local hospital a short time after he was shot.

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