Man gets life for murder outside a Safeway

May 29, 2008 2:13:17 PM PDT
A 24-year-old San Francisco man convicted of shooting a man to death in broad daylight outside a Safeway supermarket in 2004 was sentenced Wednesday to 77 years to life in prison, according to the San Francisco District Attorney's Office.

Kevin Caradine Jr. was found guilty of first-degree murder on Feb. 25 for shooting Chris Johnson, 26, of San Francisco, in a Safeway parking lot at Geary and Fillmore streets on the afternoon of May 18, 2004.

The murder was captured on surveillance video and Caradine was arrested May 22, 2004.

A jury also found him guilty of three counts of attempted murder for separately shooting at three men on Jan. 23, 2004, near the Westside Projects at Sutter and Broderick streets, according to the district attorney's office.

The district attorney's office reported that the creation of a gun specialist team and new charging policies seeking more severe penalties for gun crimes helped prosecutors get convictions in more than 90 percent of the department's gun cases in 2007.