SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A state appeals court has upheld the murder convictions and life sentence of a gang member in the 2008 killings of a father and his two sons in broad daylight in San Francisco.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports the First District Court of Appeal on Wednesday rejected a defense argument that police had coerced Edwin Ramos into admitting his role in the killings.
Ramos claimed he made the statements because of sleeplessness and also because police suggested he would be given leniency if he confessed.
Prosecutors said Ramos opened fire on a car carrying Bologna and his three sons after mistaking one of them as a member of a rival gang.
Andrew Bologna, the lone survivor in the drive-by shooting, identified Ramos as the gunman.
Bologna's father, Tony, and two brothers, Michael and Matthew, were killed.
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