People v. BryantAnnotate this Case
F.H., William, and G.P. got into Cooper’s car; two people approached. William had seen both men earlier and later identified Bryant as the man who approached the passenger side. Cooper grabbed a gun from the driver’s door and cocked it. F.H. stepped out of the car. Bryant hit F.H., who fell. Cooper and Bryant started shooting. William saw the second person point a gun but did not see him shoot. Cooper died from his gunshot wounds. Bryant and Jackson were convicted of murder, discharging a firearm at an occupied vehicle, and possession of a firearm by a felon. Special allegations were found to be true: commission for the benefit of a criminal street gang, a principal personally used a firearm, Bryant had previously served a prison term, and firearm enhancements. Bryant sought reversal of his murder conviction under Senate Bill 1437, which amended the felony-murder rule and the natural and probable consequences doctrine as it relates to murder. Defendants also alleged errors in jury selection and that remand was required to allow the trial court to exercise its discretion whether to strike their firearm enhancements under Senate Bill 620. The court of appeal affirmed but agreed that the 25-year-to-life sentences for the firearm enhancements are unauthorized and remanded the case to allow the trial court to exercise its discretion whether to strike the firearm enhancements.