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Man convicted of ‘execution-style’ slaying during pot robbery gets life in prison

Damone Kiki Mayberry
Damone Kiki Mayberry, 30, was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder in October.
(Fresno County Sheriff’s Office)

A Fresno man convicted of a brutal killing during the robbery of a small amount of marijuana was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Damone Kiki Mayberry Jr. was found guilty in October of first-degree murder for what prosecutors called the “execution-style” slaying of Lorenzo McCray, 50.

Police said Mayberry, 30, shot McCray in the back of the head in McCray’s apartment, according to a report by the Fresno Bee.

“This is a tragic murder,” prosecutor Nathan Lambert said. “Lorenzo McCray was killed for a Mason jar of marijuana and some used baseball hats.”

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Mayberry declined to say anything during his sentencing Thursday. His attorney, Richard Beshwate, asked for leniency, but the judge wasn’t swayed, the newspaper reported.

McCray, a father of seven, is missed by his family, his sister Kathy Oguinn Silva said in court.

“God was not ready for him yet,” she said through tears. “He was a good person. He was my baby brother, and I loved him.”

An accomplice, Gypsy Hall, pleaded no contest to a charge of voluntary manslaughter and first-degree residential robbery in the case. She will be sentenced Jan. 14.


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