Jury: Young gangster guilty of killing elderly woman during robbery

Jury: Young gangster guilty of killing elderly woman during robbery
Maxamillon McDonald, 26, is seen Aug. 22, 2012, in Kern County court. He and two others, Lawrence Slaughter, 28, and Christopher Patterson, 19, are accused of gang participation, robbery and murder. An elderly woman died during an Aug. 19, 2012, robbery, for which police say the trio is responsible. (File photo)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — One of three defendants was found guilty Monday in the robbery-related death of a 71-year-old woman.

Guadalupe Ramos was attacked in August 2012 outside the Foods Co. grocery store on Haley Street. An alleged gangster came up behind Ramos and ripped a gold chain from her neck. That knocked the frail woman to the ground, causing fatal injuries. Ramos suffered emotion-precipitated sudden cardiac death and blows to her trunk and extremities, the coroner's office said.

Christopher Patterson, 19, has been identified as the man who allegedly carried out the robbery. He was arrested and next has a competency trial set for May 6.

A jury trial is still underway for another alleged co-conspirator, 28-year-old Lawrence Slaughter.

This week's verdict came down for 26-year-old Maxamillon McDonald, who drove the getaway car, Kern County prosecutors said Tuesday.

McDonald was convicted of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree robbery and participation in a street gang, all felonies. McDonald was an active member of the East Side Crips, according to prosecutors.

He's slated for sentencing May 5 and could get 35 years to life in prison.

The day before the deadly robbery, McDonald robbed a woman leaving FoodMaxx on Ming Avenue. He carried out that robbery in the same manner: approached the 49-year-old woman from behind, knocked her to the ground and grabbed her gold necklace, prosecutors said.