SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A teen convicted in May of second-degree murder for the 2007 fatal shooting of another teen in San Francisco’s Metreon complex was sentenced Friday to 49 years to life in prison, prosecutors said.

Christopher Canon was 15 when he shot 18-year-old Michael Price Jr., of Oakland, at the Metreon at Fourth and Mission streets on Nov. 11, 2007. He was arrested nearby after the shooting and was charged as an adult.

Canon, who is now 19, was upset that Price wasn’t moving quickly enough down an escalator outside a video arcade at the complex, prosecutors said.

Canon’s attorney, David Simerly, had argued Price was the attacker and that Canon shot him in self-defense.

A mistrial was declared in the case last November when a San Francisco Superior Court jury deadlocked on whether Canon should be convicted of first- or second-degree murder.

Prosecutors retried the case with a new jury, which declined to convict Canon of first-degree murder, but found him guilty on May 31 of second-degree murder with an enhancement for the use of a firearm.

Following the verdict, Simerly criticized the stiff sentencing guidelines Canon was facing in the case.

“It’s nauseating that we have a country that subjects a 15-year-old to that,” he said. “They do not perceive situations the way adults do.”


Comments (6)
  1. genomega1 says:

    “It’s nauseating that we have a country that subjects a 15-year-old to that,” he said. “They do not perceive situations the way adults do.”

    If they don’t know the difference between right and wrong they need to be locked away. These kids are smarter than this guy, they believe being underage gives them a free ticket to commit any crime they feel like doing and get a free pass.

  2. Guapo says:

    He knew what he was doing. He felt the need to have a gun with him, so he obviously realized his choices in life would put him in harms way.

    I hope he enjoys the buttsex.

  3. Nope, sorry that kid got what he deserved, life in prison.

    But to go deeper I do blame BM for not being involved in their children’s life, like, how the hell can women be expected to raise decent men? BM get off scott free as deadbeat dads/absentee fathers.

    1. Jeff says:

      I don’t know what BM means, but if you’re blaming BM, then how can you say the deserved it? Shouldn’t BM go to jail?

      Anyway, 10 years in jail is all it takes to rehabilitate a kid, while giving him a shot at life. 49 years is draconian, unConstitutional, and a waste of our tax dollars. All teenage boys are idiots.

  4. Richard Wei says:

    It’s about time there be harsher punishments to teens that think they can get away with murder. If these punks/teens stop believing that they can do anything when they under 18.

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