San Bernardino gang member sentenced to 40 years to life for murder

Lori Fowler (Inland Valley Daily Bulletin) | October 19, 2012

A San Bernardino gang member was sentenced to 40 years to life in state prison this week for fatally shooting another man during a gang-related fight earlier this year.

In September, 26-year-old Anthony Phillips was convicted of second degree murder and gun use causing death after an incident involving Maurice Major, 29, of Riverside, at a party on May 27 in San Bernardino.

The jury also found special allegations of discharging a firearm, which caused great bodily injury and a gang enhancement to be true.

Phillips was sentenced on Monday inside San Bernardino Superior Courthouse.

Deputy District Attorney David Tulcan said the shooting stemmed from a “turf beef.”

Major was found in the front yard of a home in the 1200 block of North Sierra Way with several gunshot wounds. He later died at a hospital.

Major’s death was the city’s 10th homicide of the month. There were 12 reported homicides in May – five in one week.

The spate of May violence prompted memories of the 1990s, when gang violence peaked in the area.

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3 Comments for “San Bernardino gang member sentenced to 40 years to life for murder”

  1. liltreezy

    rip west aka maurice. guy who stoped him was from DHB

  2. liltreezy

    west was from west covina neighborhood crip



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