SAN FRANCISCO—On June 6, the San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced that Michael Green, 27, of San Francisco was sentenced to 82 years to life for the murder of Melquisha Warren and the attempted murder of Danisha Bean.

Court records indicated that on November 17, 2013, Green shot the two women following a minor traffic incident in a parking lot outside of a club. Warren exited the car in an attempt to calm down an angry female suspect. The male suspect was not provoked, and fired dozens of rounds at both Warren and Bean who had their hands up and made no threats. Bean suffered serious injuries and was hospitalized for 38 days. On May 16, 2014, the San Francisco Homicide and NIU/TSU units took Green into custody in Miami, Florida where he was hiding under a fake name with a significantly altered appearance.

“Ms. Dean’s bravery is to be commended,” said Assistant District Attorney Heather Trevisan.   “She witnessed a violent man shoot her childhood friend, and she was brave enough to take the stand and play a critical role in holding him accountable.”

According to a press release from the SFDA’s Office, on August 19, 2016, a jury rejected Green’s defense of mistaken identity, and he was found guilty on all charges of murder, attempted murder, firing at a motor vehicle, assault, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and carrying a loaded firearm with allegations for great bodily injury and the commission of a crime with a gun.

“This was an extremely heinous crime that left one woman deceased and one severely injured,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “A woman who had her hands up was effectively murdered over a fender bender.  The only appropriate outcome for someone who takes life with this level of ease and callousness is to spend the rest of their days behind bars.”

The Honorable Loretta Giorgi presided. The successful prosecution is the result of SFPD Sgts. Jon Kasper, Kyra Delaney, Eric Batchelder, Nico Discenza, SFPD Lt. Michael Philpott, District Attorney Investigators Hank McKenzie, Michael Shooter, Vadim Rotberg, and Lt. Van Jackson.

The SFDA’s Office also thanked Paralegal Tony Yu, Victim Advocates Walter Ng, IT Support Staff Morris Moore, Thau Long of the SFDA Crime Strategies Unit, Heather Webb of the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department and Chris Lewis of the San Mateo Police Department.  Assistant District Attorney Heather Trevisan prosecuted the case.

Written By Casey Jacobs