Twist in sentencing for 2011 Libby Lake Park shooting

VISTA (CNS) – A man who took part in the gang-related shooting deaths of
two teenagers in Libby Lake Park in Oceanside was sentenced today to 20 years
in state prison.

Justin Holiday Gibson, 21, pleaded guilty two months ago to voluntary
manslaughter for the May 3, 2011, deaths of 14-year-old Sandra Salgado and 16-
year-old Fernando Solano. He also admitted gang allegations and being
vicariously armed with a firearm.

Kenneth Dwight Hamilton, 36, was also supposed to be sentenced today on
the same counts, but Judge Carlos Armour appointed a new lawyer for him.
Hamilton will ask that his pleas be withdrawn at a hearing Jan. 21.

Oceanside police found the victims' bodies at the Calle Montecito Street
park about 10:30 p.m., while responding to reports of gunfire in the area.

The teens, who relatives said were boyfriend and girlfriend, had no gang
ties but were in the wrong place at the wrong time, according to police.

The prosecution said Gibson and Hamilton — members of a predominately
black street gang — went to the park in rival Hispanic gang territory with 21-
year-old AL'C Bejaran the night of the shootings.

Police said Hamilton later confessed he, Gibson and Bejaran were smoking
marijuana when Bejaran spotted the victims on a hillside and shot them.
Bejaran's then-girlfriend testified that he wanted revenge for an attack on
Hamilton days earlier.

Bejaran pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and admitted a special
circumstance allegation of multiple murders. He was sentenced last month to
life in prison without the possibility of parole.

A fourth gang member, Tyrone Blackmon, pleaded guilty to being an
accessory after the fact and was sentenced to four years in prison.

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