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Published on February 09, 2024
Alameda County DA Pamela Price Files New Charges in 2021 Murder of Kevin Nishita, Alleges Gang InvolvementSource: Google Street View

In a decisive move by Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price, three men accused of the 2021 murder of Kevin Nishita and other violent crimes have been hit with fresh charges. The newly filed complaint brings allegations of gang and gun enhancements against Laron Gilbert, Hershel Hale, and Shadihia Mitchell for the first time since the incident occurred.

"We have an obligation to get it right, and these charges are consistent with the actual evidence in the case," Price said, according to a statement acquired from the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. She claimed that prior prosecutors had erred in their charges, "Our victim advocates continue to support all three victims of this incident, including Mr. Nishita’s family, during this challenging time," Price added.

The ordeal began after the robbery and murder of Nishita, a former police officer turned security guard, who was fatally shot while protecting a news crew in Oakland. Gilbert managed to evade capture for nearly two years before being apprehended, which has led to the current consolidation of the cases against the three defendants.

With the addition of gang and gun enhancements, the stakes are high. Gilbert faces a potential maximum sentence of 189 years to life, while Hale could face up to 151 years, and Mitchell up to 78 years if convicted on all counts. They're all scheduled to appear in court on March 8, according to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.

The case has grabbed headlines due to its tragic nature and prolonged pursuit of justice. Price expressed her commitment to rectifying the previous administration's missteps and bringing closure to the victims' families. She emphasized the district attorney's office dedication to tackling such "reckless violence" on the streets of Alameda County.