Man Sentenced to 25 Years to Life for 2012 Homicide and Burglary in San Francisco's Lakeview Neighborhood

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August 14, 2014
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MAN SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS TO LIFE FOR 2012 HOMICIDE AND BURGLARY IN SAN FRANCISCO’S LAKEVIEW NEIGHBORHOOD

SAN FRANCISCO - On May 2, 2014, a jury found Roderick Thomas guilty of first degree murder of Jahmad Karriem in an incident stemming from April 1, 2012. Thomas, age 26, of San Francisco, was also found guilty of a firearm enhancement and first degree residential burglary. This morning Thomas was sentenced to 25 years to life. 

“This is a violent man who was a threat to public safety,” said District Attorney George Gascón.  “He has no regard for life, and San Francisco is a better place with him off the streets.”   

On April 1, 2012, Mr. Thomas broke into the home of an aspiring rapper and marijuana dealer.  The victim, Jahmad Karriem, who was visiting the home, walked in on the robbery, and gun fire erupted between the armed gunman and Mr. Karriem. Mr. Karriem was shot and killed. 

Homeowner Deandre White and two guests were present at the scene when police arrived. A police investigation of cell phone records placed Thomas at the scene. Police subsequently interviewed Thomas, in which a number of admissions were made that led to his arrest and subsequent conviction.  Mr. Thomas was on bail for a similar armed robbery of a marijuana dealer in Daly City when he committed the offense, for which he was subsequently found guilty. 

This successful investigation and prosecution would not have been possible without the efforts of SFPD Inspector John Kasper, SFDA Victim Advocate Lili Gamero and ADA Michael Swart. 

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