Last man accused in robbery-gone wrong found guilty of murder

Christopher Patterson was found guilty of murder

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Three men accused of murder have each been found guilty after a robbery-gone-wrong in a Foods Co parking lot.

Christopher Patterson, Maxamillian McDonald and Lawrence Slaughter were each found guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree robbery and participating in a street gang.

Police said Patterson snatched a gold chain from 71-year-old Guadalupe Ramos' neck in the Foods Co parking lot on Haley on Aug. 19, 2012.

Cops said Ramos fell and died from blunt-force trauma to the chest that triggered a heart attack.

Police said they were able to track the suspects' movements both before and after the robbery because Slaughter was wearing a GPS ankle monitor as part of his parole and were able to confirm that the three were at the Foods Co at the time of the killing.

Cops said they security video from the store shows the attack happening.

Patterson openly laughed during his arraignment.

"We'll see who is laughing once he is in San Quentin," said Ramos' daughter, Angelica Ramos.

The District Attorney said the three are members of the East Side Crips and will be tried together.

"All three defendants are members of a criminal street gang. Therefore, the gang unit of the Kern County District Attorney’s office will be handling the case," Deputy DA Cynthia Zimmer said.

Slaughter was sentenced to life without parole in May. McDonald with sentenced to life without parole Sept. 17. Patterson's guilty verdict was returned Wednesday. Patterson will be sentenced at a later date.

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