Second teen sentenced in killing near Birmingham High

Daily News wire services


VAN NUYS – One of two teens convicted for the gang-related shooting death of a 16-year-old boy near Birmingham High School in Van Nuys was sentenced Thursday to 17 years in prison.

Andre Harvey, 18, was involved in the fatal shooting of a rival gang member, Dazohn Roberts, on Sept. 13, 2006, in the 6500 block of Balboa Boulevard.

Harvey, who was 16 at the time, was tried as an adult and convicted April 18 of voluntary manslaughter and assault with a firearm.

He was sentenced by Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Darlene Schempp.

Co-defendant Nashon Williams, who was 17 at the time of the shooting and was also tried as an adult, was convicted of second-degree murder and assault with a firearm. He was sentenced July 17 to 47 years to life in state prison.

Neither the victim nor the defendants were students at the school.

Roberts was walking to a bus stop when Harvey asked where he was from – a typical gang challenge – and the victim answered with the name of his gang shortly before being shot by Williams, authorities said.

Roberts fired back in what authorities contended was self-defense, but did not hit anyone. He was struck once in the abdomen.

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