Oakland man sentenced to life for teen's murder

November 20, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
An Oakland man was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole for shooting to death 16-year-old Perla Hilarios in Oakland six years ago.

Anthony Milton was convicted on Aug. 10 of first-degree murder, using a gun to kill someone and the special circumstance of committing a murder during the course of a robbery in connection with the death of Hilarios in the 1600 block of 46th Avenue about 12:25 a.m. on Dec. 2, 2003.

Prosecutor Connie Campbell told jurors during Milton's trial that Milton deliberately shot Hilarios in the face at point-blank range while he and his brother, Juan Milton, were robbing Hilarios' boyfriend.

Campbell said Hilarios tried unsuccessfully to defuse the situation and her last words before she was fatally shot were, "It's O.K. It's cool."

But Anthony Milton's lawyer, Al Thews, said Milton, 23, fired shots in self-defense when a group of four men who were with Hilarios tried to steal a specially equipped and refurbished gray Buick that Milton had just bought and fired shots at him.

However, Campbell said today that that the evidence clearly indicates that the Milton brothers planned to commit a robbery because they had friends acting as lookouts at two different intersections near where the incident occurred.

A teenage boy who was with Hilarios and her boyfriend managed to injure the Milton brothers by pulling out a gun and shooting them, Oakland police said.

On July 29, 2008, Juan Milton, now 25, was convicted of first-degree murder and the special circumstance of committing a murder during the course of a robbery.

But prosecutor David Stein dropped the special circumstance conviction against him, which would have led to him being sentenced to life in prison. Instead, Milton was sentenced to 28 years to life.

Stein cited extenuating circumstances, which were that he was only 19 at the time of the incident and he wasn't the shooter.

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors adjourned its Dec. 2, 2003, meeting in honor of Hilarios only a few hours after she was killed.


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