Gang members with felony records convicted of attempted murder in Sacramento drive-by shooting




A Sacramento County Superior Court jury trial that concluded yesterday convicted two street gang members of attempted murder.  

Nicholas Hayes-Kelly and Joe Rhodes were found guilty of attempted murder, three counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, and discharging a firearm at an inhabited vehicle. Hayes-Kelly was convicted of an additional charge of felon in possession of a firearm and that he committed the shooting for the benefit of a criminal street gang. 

Hayes-Kelly and Rhodes were parked outside a store when they spotted the victim, who was a rival gang member. When the victim drove away, the defendants followed him in their car to the next intersection, and Hayes-Kelly opened fire. 

The victim and another occupant in the vehicle were struck and drove to the hospital. The defendants were later identified and arrested. 

Police recovered the gun, which was unregistered. Both defendants had prior felony convictions and were on supervised release at the time of the offense.

Hayes-Kelly faces a maximum sentence of 93 years to life in prison. Rhodes faces a maximum sentence of 18 years to life in prison. 

They will be sentenced on March 6, 2024, by Judge Steve White.

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