Guilty verdict for Sampson homicide suspects
by TP staff
Mar 24, 2011 | 6232 views | 8 8 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Robert Arias (left) Martin Flores and Armando Hernandez appear in court a year ago for a preliminary hearing in the murder case of Spencer Sampson.  All three were found guilty of murder.  Press file photo
Robert Arias (left) Martin Flores and Armando Hernandez appear in court a year ago for a preliminary hearing in the murder case of Spencer Sampson. All three were found guilty of murder. Press file photo
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A guilty verdict was announced for the three men charged in the homicide of a Tracy man on the night of his 21st birthday in 2009.

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.

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SHAWty209
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May 13, 2011
HAHAHAAHAHA ALL U ARE FUNNY THEY ARE GETTIN OUT SOON SO WATCH WAT U SAY PUNKASS MUTHAFUKAS DNT BE DISRESPECTING THEM YALL HOES HOPE ALL OF U ROT IN HELL AND SUFFER ALL YOUR LIFE FOR TALKING SHIT AND NOT MINDING YOUR OWN BUSSINESS WORRY ABOUT YOUR SORRY ASS LIFE AND YOUR MOMMA SHOUDLVE ABORTED UR ASS BITCHASS HOE
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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April 26, 2011
dbiz71

Ya wrote, "I can not understand what gives some people the right to talk about someone they do not even know."

Allow me ta explain it fer ya. It's called th First Amendment of th Constitution of Th United States of America.

If ya read it ya will larn that ya pretty much gotta right ta say just about anythang ya wanna say especially whair th government, like a judicial system is a part of, is consarned.

Now if ya tell lies they can come back an take ya ta task in th same judicial system. An make no mistake, if in fact they are real damagin lies, hidin behind a cute little moniker so ya can say lies frum a position of anonymity is a fallacy an they can easily ferret ya out ta face a judge. It just don't happen much cus most intelligent people can easily see what's usually printed in comment sections is not much more than people blowin off thair steam in frustration fer th way they see th world headin taday.

Ya mentioned God in yer comment so I got th notion ya espouse Christian ideals. Nothang wrong with that but surely ya understand that th majority of what ya find in th Holy Scriptures is intentionally directed ta ya personally by God an not th rest of th world. Yep, fer certain, His message needs ta go ta th world but th application of that message is personal, a transaction between you an God an no one else.

Ya wrote, "Do not judge people that you do not know." Actually I believe if ya look at that particular instruction in th Bible ya will find that yer not supposed ta judge anyone. It's not within yer authority or anyone on earth's authority ta do so. That authority rests with God an unfortunately most English speakin peoples, an probably a lot of th rest of th world, don't even understand what is meant by judge and judgement in scripture, which probably explains why so many people thank they gotta right ta judge others.

As a partin comment ta ya, while I understand yer meaning, when ya castigate others about rights, bein judgmental an airin their gripes about it, ya just might wanna run that judgmental-ism thang through yer own mind once just ta ensure yer not doin ta others as ya perceive they are doin ta ya or someone else.

I offer this advice as I have been guilty of judgin others when I have no authority ta do so.

So, in yer own words, "Have some respect for yourself and show some pride in who you are and keep all the negative thoughts to yourself."

But ya may wanna be careful ta that self pride cus apparently that can also be a slippery slope ta traverse.

dbiz71
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April 25, 2011
I can not understand what gives some people the right to talk about someone they do not even know. I think that it is just ignorance on your part if you presume to say that a parent gives birth to a child knowing that they are going to grow up and make bad choices. We can parent our children with all the love and good advice that we have, but in the end of it all they are their own person and they are going to make decisions on their own. Do not judge people that you do not know, these kids were someones child, brother, father, friend and God's creation. You are not the one that judges them, you are not the one that matters and really your comments mean nothing because who are you to judge. When you say the things that you do, that is your opinion and you really need to ask your self, just because you do not go out and act on the things that you say does not take away from the thought and words of what you would like to see have done to these people. This to is just as criminal. Have some respect for yourself and show some pride in who you are and keep all the negative thoughts to yourself.
newtotracy
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March 25, 2011
tcy1...this isn't a death penalty case. I got called for this jury and Judge Garber made sure we knew very succinctly (mentioned it like 6 times!) that it was not a death penalty case.

I'm glad to see the verdict...I was wondering. A big part of me wanted to sit the case, but since I live quite close to the crime...and since all I could see was 2 guilty scumbags (it was one trial but there were 2 different trials involved)...I knew it wouldn't happen even if I couldn't be excused for financial hardship. This case started in early January...I'd be in the poorhouse by now!

Good job legal system...now let's sentence them with an appropriate timeframe and get them out of the way.
LuckyInTracyNot
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March 25, 2011
LOL ! and, to all of them bleeeeeding hearts well, we did presume they were innocent until proven guilty, right? So, now that they are no longer innocent SEEEEEEEEE YA LATER YA DOOFUS LOOKING SORRY A#@ EXCUSES FOR HUMAN BEINGS. Enjoy your time at The Extended Stay.

I mean, what the hell is in your pea-brains doing something so ignorant so that it screws up your life for ever, not to mention the victums friends and family of the victum. Just out having some fun with the homies and thought we would shoot this guy.

HOPE YOU THREE SELFISH IMMATURE INCONSIDERATE GOOD FOR NOTHING DO NOTHING LOOSERS ROTT IN WHAT EVER STINKY PRISON YOU END UP AT. GOOOOOD BYE AH@LES!
tommybahama
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March 24, 2011
That's 3 down and 597 to go. You can bet the police chief will be putting her presentation together so she and sheneman can start traveling around the state taking credit for this one too.
Tracygirls
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March 24, 2011
ADIOS' losers! Was it really worth it?
tracyresdnt
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March 24, 2011
bye, bye, and b'bye!!!

-To all those who didn't want us to judge these trash maggots, is it ok with you if we do it now?!

Congrats to the DA & PD



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