March 10, 2016: Gang Member Convicted of Compton Murder, Attempted Murder
CORRECTION: The previous news release incorrectly identified the murder victim as a gang member.
A 37-year-old man was convicted yesterday of killing a man and shooting at a rival gang member in 2014, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
The jury deliberated for a day before finding Michael Angelo Daniel of Compton guilty of first-degree murder and attempted murder in case TA133457.
The jurors also found true a special allegation that a principle was armed with a handgun, which caused great bodily injury and death. Additionally, jurors found true that the crime was committed for the benefit and at the direction of, and in association with a criminal street gang, and with the intent to promote, further, and assist in criminal conduct by gang members.
The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced April 4 in Department K of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Compton Branch. Daniel faces a maximum possible sentence of 75 years to life in state prison.
Deputy District Attorney Danette Gomez of the Hardcore Gang Division, who prosecuted the case, said on May 21, 2014, victim David Scott and another man were standing outside of a house in the 1100 block of East Bennett Street in Compton when they were shot during a drive-by shooting.
After the shooting, law enforcement was called. Scott, 31, was taken to a hospital for treatment, where he later died. The second victim sustained non-life threatening injuries, the prosecutor said.
Witnesses provided authorities with a description of the suspect vehicle. Soon after, sheriff deputies located the car described in the drive-by shooting and arrested Daniel in connection with the incident.
According to court testimony, authorities found bullet casings in the car, which linked the defendant to the fatal shooting.
The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.