According to court documents, a jury found Armando Hernandez, 21, Martin Flores, 22, and Roberto Arias, 20, guilty on several criminal counts for the fatal shooting of Spencer Sampson.
It was reported that Sampson was walking home from visiting a friend with his sister and another friend along East Street on Dec. 18, 2009, when he was fatally shot.
A witness testified during the trial that four men passing by in a car stopped and confronted the group. After Sampson and those he was with were questioned regarding a possible gang affiliation, a fistfight ensued and Sampson was shot once in the chest. He died a short time later.
Court documents show that during deliberations, the jury had sent a couple of notes to Judge Bernard Garber regarding evidence in the case and requested some of the exhibits before jurors continued deliberating. Several hours later, the jury came back with a guilty verdict for all the defendants.
All three men were found guilty of murder with enhancements that included intentional discharge of a firearm and street terrorism. A sentencing hearing for all three men has been set for April 25 in Department 23 at 10 a.m. in Stockton Superior Court.
Sampson, a former Tracy High School student, is survived by his wife, Angie, and their toddler son James.