Petaluma murder defendant gets 15 years

May 28, 2009 12:34:02 PM PDT
One of two defendants in a Petaluma murder case was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison this morning in Sonoma County Superior Court.

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Keith David Kellum, 24, of Santa Rosa, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in March in connection with the February shooting death of 20-year-old Uriel Arango Carreno in Carreno's Petaluma home.

The term was part of a plea agreement. Kellum's co-defendant, Bradley Blackwell, 19, of Rohnert Park, was convicted of first-degree murder and of attempted robbery and burglary. A pre-sentence diagnostic exam report on Blackwell is due in August.

Kellum said he and Blackwell went to Carreno's residence, a detached, converted garage at 1429 Joan Drive, on Feb. 7 to "rip off" a drug dealer.

"I kicked the door in and Mr. Blackwell shot a man," Kellum told Judge Rene Chouteau when he pleaded guilty to the murder charge.

Defense attorney Martin Woods said Kellum has more than 700 days' credit for time served.

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