gavel.jpgA 19-year-old man was convicted earlier this week of gun and drug charges along with an enhancement for his participation in a criminal street gang, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon announced Thursday.

A jury found Jacori Bender guilty on Monday of carrying a loaded and stolen firearm, receiving stolen property, and possession of a controlled substance, as well as the gang enhancement, according to the district attorney’s office.

The charges came after Bender was arrested on May 28, 2010, by police officers patrolling the area of Oakdale Avenue and Baldwin Court in the city’s Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood.

A group of people ran away from the officers, and as the officers pursued, they saw Bender throw away a gun he was holding, prosecutors said.

Bender was arrested shortly afterward and was found to have one ecstasy pill in his front pocket, according to the district attorney’s office.

The weapon was retrieved at the scene, and forensic testing of the gun found Bender’s DNA was on the handle, prosecutors said.

During the trial, prosecutors told the jury that Bender had a history of contacts with the Oakdale Mob gang in the Hunters Point neighborhood, and had previously been convicted of misdemeanor criminal threats.

That conviction came after he was arrested on suspicion of yelling “I’m the Real Oakdale Boy, y’all gonna get blasted up in here,” according to the district attorney’s office.

Bender is scheduled for sentencing on April 8 and faces a maximum of 13 years in state prison.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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