Man Sentenced to 82 Years to Life for Murder
News from the Office of District Attorney George Gascón
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2017
MAN SENTENCED TO 82 YEARS TO LIFE FOR MURDER
SAN FRANCISCO – Today, District Attorney George Gascón announced that Michael Green, 27, of San Francisco, was sentenced to 82 years to life for the murder of Melquisha Warren and the attempted murder of Danisha Bean. On August 19, 2016, a jury rejected Green’s defense of mistaken identity, finding him guilty on all charges; murder, attempted murder, firing at a motor vehicle, assault, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and carrying a loaded firearm with allegations for great bodily injury and the commission of a crime with a gun.
“This was an extremely heinous crime that left one woman deceased and one severely injured,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “A woman who had her hands up was effectively murdered over a fender bender. The only appropriate outcome for someone who takes life with this level of ease and callousness is to spend the rest of their days behind bars.”
According to court records, on the morning of November 17th, 2013, Green opened fire on the two women following a minor traffic incident in a parking lot. Despite being unprovoked, Green fired dozens of rounds at the two women, both of whom had their hands up and made no threats. Ms. Bean sustained serious injuries and was hospitalized for thirty-eight days. On May 16, 2014, SFPD’s Homicide and NIU/TSU units took Green into custody in Miami, Florida where he was hiding under a fake name with a significantly altered appearance.
“Ms. Dean’s bravery is to be commended,” said Assistant District Attorney Heather Trevisan. “She witnessed a violent man shoot her childhood friend, and she was brave enough to take the stand and play a critical role in holding him accountable.”
The Honorable Loretta Giorgi presided. This successful prosecution is due to the excellent work of SFPD Sgts. Jon Kasper, Kyra Delaney, Eric Batchelder, Nico Discenza, SFPD Lt. Michael Philpott, District Attorney Investigators Hank McKenzie, Michael Shooter, Vadim Rotberg, and Lt. Van Jackson. Additional thanks go to Paralegal Tony Yu, Victim Advocates Walter Ng, IT Support Staff Morris Moore, Thau Long of the SFDA Crime Strategies Unit, Heather Webb of the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department and Chris Lewis of the San Mateo Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Heather Trevisan prosecuted the case.