Based on the lack of defense he received I would not be surprised if he receives a death sentence. A jury will decide this after hearing more evidence next week.
The defense could have argued a 2nd degree murder defense, but he argued that he didnt pull the trigger defense. There was a lot of new stuff I learned in the trial.
1. Pedro wasn't on a mission or looking to put in work. He noticed Jamiel "flamed out" walking when he was in the car, but he kept going and went to Torres house (a neighbor), then when he left his house, he sees Jamiel again walking towards him. Completely spontaneous. There is evidence that Pedro asked, "where are you from," but there is also evidence that Jamiel responded. Chrystale Miles told the police Jamiel was a Blood and that he heard Jamiel say things back to Pedro before he was shot, but when she came to court she changed her story.
2. Pedro was with another person from 18 named Joel "Killer" Rodriguez, and I am shocked that he was not charged either if this was a gang shooting. In alomost all cases, Joel would be considered an accomplice
3. There is the possibility that Joel was the shooter because 2 witness said Jamiel was confronted by 2 people, but another witness said only 1 person did it.
4. The defense was not able to say Jamiel was in a gang, the Judge shut that down early on. So the prosecutor argued that Pedro killed Jamiel because he wore a Spider-man back pack, even though Jamiel had on a red belt and red kicks. I doubt that Pedro said, "look at that Spider-man back pack." The back pack alone is not enough to think someone was a blood, and it was not solid red.