OAKLAND — In a plea take care of Alameda County prosecutors, a Bay Space man has agreed to a 12-year jail sentence for killing a person who’d allegedly robbed him weeks earlier, court docket information present.
Anthony C. Smith, 56, of Oakland, pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter within the stabbing demise of 34-year-old Andre Qualls. He formally modified his plea on Jan. 18, however gained’t be sentenced till July, giving him one other six months in Santa Rita Jail earlier than he’s transferred to the state jail system.
On Sept. 18, 2019, Qualls was sitting in his inexperienced Ford Explorer at a Chevron on the 300 block of Grand Avenue when Smith allegedly walked up, reached by the driving force’s aspect window, and stabbed Qualls as soon as within the coronary heart. Smith would later confess to the stabbing, telling police that it felt as if “one thing took management of me” when he was driving alongside Qualls earlier that day and observed Qualls laughing at him, in response to police testimony at his 2022 preliminary listening to.
Smith acknowledged Qualls as the person who robbed him of some $12,000 weeks earlier, and advised police he “went bonkers,” police testified. Smith’s lawyer argued on the preliminary listening to that the killing was “within the warmth of ardour” — a authorized time period that reduces a killing from homicide to manslaughter — whereas prosecutors argued it was a textbook case of premeditated homicide.
As a part of the plea deal, prosecutors dropped costs of homicide with prior convictions in favor of the lone voluntary manslaughter rely. Courtroom information say Smith’s prior offenses embrace a conviction for assault with a lethal weapon, nevertheless it occurred practically 40 years in the past, in June 1986.
In his confession, Smith denied following Qualls and mentioned it was a coincidence that they each ended up on the identical gasoline station after Qualls laughed at him.