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Sacramento County DA announces convictions in three cases

The Sacramento District Attorney announced convictions in three local cases. Two involved sexual assaults and the other attempted murder

Defendants Convicted of Charges Stemming from Vehicle Shooting

Nicholas Hayes-Kelly and Joe Rhodes were each convicted by a jury of attempted murder, three counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm and discharging a firearm at an inhabited vehicle.  Hayes-Kelly was convicted of an additional charge of felon in possession of a firearm. The jury also found true that Hayes-Kelly committed the shooting for the benefit of a criminal street gang and that he has a prior 2015 strike conviction for assault with a firearm.

The defendants were parked outside a store when they spotted the victim, who was a rival gang member.  When the victim drove away, the defendants followed him in their car to the next intersection and Hayes-Kelly opened fire.  The victim and another occupant in the vehicle were struck and drove to the hospital.  The defendants were later identified and arrested.  The firearm used in the shooting was recovered and found to be unregistered.  Both defendants had prior felony convictions and were on supervised release at the time of the offense.

Hayes-Kelly faces a maximum sentence of 93 years to life in prison.  Rhodes faces a maximum sentence of 18 years to life in prison. Sentencing is set for March 6, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. in Department 40 before the Honorable Steve White.

Defendant Convicted for Massage Parlor Robberies, Attempted Sexual Assault

James Curtis Kern was convicted by a jury of kidnapping to commit another crime, assault with intent to commit sexual assault, robbery, attempted robbery and petty theft.

In the summer of 2022, Kern visited four different massage parlors and demanded a massage and sexual services. When he was turned down, he either stole from the business or he robbed, attempted to rob or attempted to sexually assault the female employee he had contacted. On one occasion, he robbed a female victim, dragged her to the back of the business and attempted to rape her. When another massage parlor employee recognized Kern from surveillance video posted on online, she came forward and police were able to identify Kern as the suspect.

Kern faces a maximum sentence of 15 years and two months to life in prison. Sentencing is set for March 8, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. in Department 10 before the Honorable Ernest Sawtelle.

Defendant Convicted of Rape by Force

Shauku Daryl Barksdale was convicted by a jury of rape by force.

The victim and her boyfriend were renting a room in a residence where Barksdale and his girlfriend also lived. On February 3, 2019, the victim’s boyfriend left the residence after the two argued. Barksdale also left with his girlfriend, who is confined to a wheelchair.  He returned to the residence after leaving his girlfriend in the car.  Barksdale then went to the victim’s room and raped her. Barksdale denied touching the victim, but DNA linked him to the sexual assault.

Barksdale faces a maximum sentence of 16 years and 8 months in prison. Sentencing is set for April 26, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 12 before the Honorable Maryanne Gilliard.

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