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Gang Member Sentenced for 2012 Killing of Venice Resident Oscar Duncan

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A 25-year-old street gang member was sentenced Wednesday for the June 2012 killing of 23-year-old Venice resident Oscar Duncan.

Hopeton Parsley was sentenced to 90 years to life in prison during a hearing at the LAX Airport Courthouse, said Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Parsley and co-defendant Kevin Green, 31, were found guilty of first-degree murder in February for the slaying of the popular youth pastor and Venice High School graduate.

Green was scheduled to be sentenced June 5, Santiago said. He faces a sentence of 50 years to life in prison.

Duncan was a 2006 graduate of Venice High School where he was a homecoming king and prom king and also a captain on the school’s football team. He grew up playing youth football, basketball and baseball at the Oakwood Recreation Center and became a longtime fixture at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice where was named “Youth of the Year.”

He also was a youth pastor at a church in Compton as well as a teen mentor at the Boys & Girls Club in Venice. Duncan also was known for his singing and dancing skills and went by the name “Choir Boy”.

Duncan was returning from dinner with his fiancee when he was fatally shot once in the head June 4, 2012, about 10:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Santa Clara Avenue outside his home.

Nicole Sheran, 20, previously pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal and testified she was in the back seat at the time of the shooting. Sheran pleaded guilty to manslaugher and was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Kirshawn Washington, 20, also allegedly was in the vehicle and also faces prosecution.

Parsley and Green were both identified as members of the Playboy Gangster Crips street gang.

Green was on parole when the homicide occurred and GPS data from his ankle monitoring bracelet placed him in front of Duncan’s home at the time of the shooting.

–Venice Dispatch

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