In May 2011 18-year-old Garrett Berki thought he was going to buy a $600 MacBook Pro off of the San Diego craigslist. Instead, Berki would end up being robbed of his money and cell phone before being shot and killed. After being robbed Garrett gave chase in order to get their license plate number but instead wound up face to face with his assailants in a cul-de-sac. That’s when one of them produced a gun and killed Berki.
Last week the three crooks, Rashon Abernathy, 18, Seandell Jones, 19, and Shaquille Jordan, 19, were convicted of first-degree murder in Garrett Berki’s death. Abernathy, the triggerman, is looking at 50 to life while his cohorts are looking at 25 to life. A minimum 50-year sentence seems very Un-California, but I digress.
As I said before when the news of this murder broke there is no safe place to do business on craigslist. In broad daylight, with a friend, it doesn’t matter anymore, someone will take advantage of the situation no matter how many safeguards you think may be in place.
UPDATE 6/15/2013: Abernathy got 50 years while Jones and Jordan got 25 to life.