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Sentencing postponed for convicted Armijo parking-lot killer

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From page A3 | January 08, 2013 |

Claude Washington Jr.

Claude Washington Jr.

FAIRFIELD — Sentencing was put on hold Monday for a Fairfield man who shot and killed another man during a prearranged fight in 2010 in an Armijo High School parking lot.

Claude S. Washington Jr., 21, was found guilty in April 2012 of second-degree murder, as well as three counts of second-degree robbery, carrying a loaded gun and carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle.

Washington was one of several people watching the fight on the night of Oct. 11, 2010, when he pulled a gun and shot one of the fighters, Jamal Thornton, in the face before shooting him several more times. Washington’s robbery convictions stem from a pair of armed street robberies a week earlier.

The delay, which will be at least two months, came after a four-month delay requested last summer by Washington’s attorney, Thomas Maas.

Maas, who is seeking a new jury trial, is set to return to court Feb. 25 when a new date may be scheduled for Washington’s sentencing.

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Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.
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