A jury found Oakland resident Quochy “Tony” Tranman guilty today of murdering 15-year-old Alamedan Ichinkhorloo “Iko” Bayarsaikhan at Washington Park on Halloween three years ago, reports Peter Hegarty of the Alameda Journal.
Tran, now 19 but 16 at the time of the crime, could face life in prison when a judge sentences him August 20. He was tried as an adult.
His attorney Anne Beles said there would be an appeal, since “He was 16 at the time. He should never have been prosecuted from the very beginning,” she said.
Five other boys were convicted in juvenile court for their roles in the slaying at the park on Central Avenue on October 31, 2007.
After a botched robbery, Tran grabbed a gun and fired a single shot, hitting Bayarsaikhan in the back.
“This was a crime that tore the heart out of a community,” prosecutor Tim Wellman said Monday.
A native of Mongolia, Bayarsaikhan came with her brother and parents to Alameda six years ago. She was a junior at Alameda High School at the time of her death.
“My heart was shaking,” said Uranchimeg Khishigdorji, the victim’s mother, about the moments before the verdict was read. “If Tony was found not guilty, for the rest of my life I would be suffering.”
Certainly, she would not have been alone in her suffering, as the death of the Alameda High student pained Island residents for the past few years.
Many will anxiously await the sentencing some six or seven weeks from now.