Man Sentenced in 2003 Tenderloin Murder

May 24, 2011

ADA Seth Steward, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1014
Erica Terry Derryck, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167


SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Joevan Bowen, (CN 2435626), was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the murder of Armando Arce.

“Gang violence shatters families, destroys our neighborhoods and fractures our communities,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “The sentence here will hopefully bring closure to the family members of the victim and make the Tenderloin neighborhood a safer place.”

On Monday, May 23, 2011, the Honorable James Collins sentenced the defendant to 25 years to life in prison. According to evidence presented at trial, Arce was shot twelve times on February 19, 2003 at about 3:30 a.m. near Willow Alley and Polk Street. The prosecution relied on two central witnesses in this case. Both were passengers in the same vehicle the defendant traveled in to the location where the murder of Mr. Arce was committed. On February 15, 2011, after deliberating for less than three days, a jury found defendant Bowen guilty of murder in violation of California Penal Code Section 187(a).

This case was prosecuted following the prosecution of two of the defendants in Alameda County, one of whom testified in the Bowen case. Monterrio Davis, of Oakland, was convicted in Alameda County in 2008 of three murders, for his role as a lookout in Arce’s murder in San Francisco, and for the killings of two men in Oakland hours earlier, on Feb. 18. Davis, 25, was later sentenced to life in prison. Alameda County prosecutors said Davis, Bowen and others had been part of a plan to start a new branch of the “Nut Cases,” a notorious Oakland street gang that became weakened in early 2003 when many of its leaders were arrested. The Feb. 18 and Feb. 19, 2003, murders were considered a test of their dependability and loyalty.

Assistant District Attorney Diana Garcia prosecuted the case. Jean Hassett was the victim witness advocate on the case.