San Francisco, CA – Today, San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins announced that her office secured a conviction of Damone Maxwell (32) after trial by jury for shooting someone he attempted to rob in SoMa. Mr. Maxwell was convicted of attempted robbery (PC 664/211)), assault with a firearm (PC 245(a)(2)), assault with a semiautomatic firearm (PC 245(b)), carrying a concealed firearm (PC 25400(a)(2)) and carrying a loaded firearm (PC 25850(a)). The jury also found true all allegations including the personal use of a firearm (PC 12022.5(a)), great bodily injury (PC 12022.7(a)) and personal and intentional discharge of a firearm (PC 12022.53(d).
At approximately 8:30AM on September 9, 2022, Mr. Maxwell approached the victim on Natoma Street and asked if he had change for a $20 bill. When the victim said no, Mr. Maxwell brandished a firearm and demanded that he give him everything he had. The victim refused and Mr. Maxwell shot him in the thigh. The victim was able to get away before collapsing in a pool of his own blood. He was found by San Francisco Police who were responding to a shots fired call in the area.
“The jury’s verdict delivers justice to the victim for this senseless shooting and holds Mr. Maxwell accountable,” said District Attorney Brooke Jenkins. “There is no place for gun violence in San Francisco. This shooting, although non-fatal, is particularly concerning because it happened in the morning on a dense residential street where any passerby may have been injured. Gun violence is unacceptable, and we must do everything we can to get guns off the streets.”
The case against Mr. Maxwell was successfully prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Samantha Adhikari with assistance from the District Attorney Investigators Lieutenant Glenn Pon and Inspector Alex Nocon, Victim Advocate Kevin Lee, and Paralegal Cynthia Tran and IT support from Leland Chan and Ada Yu. Prosecutors were able to develop a strong case against Mr. Maxwell based on the outstanding investigative work performed by the San Francisco Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit.
“I am grateful to the jury for their thoughtful deliberation in coming to this verdict and finding justice for the victim, and the community,” said Assistant District Attorney Samantha Adhikari. “I am also grateful to the victim, for his cooperation throughout the process and his genuine authenticity, in and outside of the courtroom.”
Mr. Maxwell has been in custody since his arrest on September 22, 2022. He faces 25 years to life in State Prison. Sentencing is scheduled for September 20, 2023.
Court Number: 22011080