VALLEJO — A Fairfield ex-con who got into “an exchange of words over nonsense” and who decided to settle the dispute with gunfire was sentenced Monday to more than 133 years in prison to be followed by serving four life sentences.
Robert J. Dixon Jr. was 24 years old and on parole for robbery in February 2010 when he decided to settle the score for the robbery of his girlfriend’s town home at the Parkway Gardens complex off Dover Avenue.
Dixon shot one man in the leg who he suspected of knowing about the marijuana theft. A few days later, he opened fire on a group of others who were drinking beer late at night at another nearby town house. More than 20 shots were fired and Kevin F. Domino, 19, was shot in the back and killed. Two other men were wounded.
The description of what led to the shootings came from prosecutor Krishna Abrams, who Dixon’s lawyer accused of “using twisted reasoning” in seeking such a long prison sentence.
Abrams was quick to defend the long sentence.
“We want to make sure (Dixon) spends every day of the rest of his life behind bars thinking about what he did that night back in 2010.”
Judge Ramona Garrett sided with Abrams and declined to do anything other than to hand down the maximum possible punishment to Dixon.
Domino’s family sat on one side of the courtroom at the sentencing. Many of Dixon’s friends and family, several of them adorned in red clothing, sat on the opposite side of the courtroom.
Before sentencing, two of Domino’s aunts spoke about the killing.
“You killed him for nothing . . . nothing,” Carol Domino said.
The other aunt agreed, urging Dixon, who did not testify at his 2012 jury trial, to speak up and account for himself.
The only thing Dixon said came at the hearing as he was being led out of the courtroom and shouted to his family, ”I love ya all, man.”
“Mr. Dixon has thrown his life away,” Garrett said of his decision to use a gun to settle the dispute.
Dixon, whose lawyer said was the victim of misidentification, will appeal his conviction and sentence.
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