San Leandro man makes plea deal over gunshot death when he was 17
OAKLAND – A 26-year-old man who crossed the Mexican border and spent three years on the run to avoid murder charges has accepted a 16-year prison sentence as part of a plea deal with county prosecutors, according to court records.
Edward Allen, who was 17 at the time of the murder, made an indisputable plea last month of intentional homicide in the 2012 shooting death of 25-year-old Romeo Weaver. He will receive credit for the six years he has spent in prison since his arrest in 2015, according to court records.
Authorities believe Allen was the person who shot Weaver with a shotgun during a chaotic fight at the Ashland Village apartments in San Leandro shortly after midnight on September 12, 2012. The commotion began when two suspects knocked on the door of one of the apartments. and tried to force their way inside. Two of the occupants resisted the armed intruders, and both occupants were shot and stabbed during the confrontation.
After Weaver was shot, one of the other occupants jumped off the balcony to escape and used his cell phone to call 9-1-1, court records show.
Hugo Viveros, 28, a resident of San Leandro, is said to be the other intruder and remains a fugitive. He is wanted for attempted murder for allegedly shooting the other occupant of the house; he is also wanted for murder in Weaver’s death, under the theory that he was an active participant in the crime.
According to police, the DNA of the two suspects was found at the scene of the crime, the two men were seen on surveillance video leaving the area, and a trail of blood led police to a bloody gun which was used in the crime.
Within two weeks of the shooting, Allen was seen crossing the California-Mexico border and heading for Mexico, according to a report which recommended not to try him in juvenile court. He was arrested in 2015, held in the Maricopa County Jail in Arizona, and ultimately transferred to the Bay Area.
The juvenile report says Allen had taken drug addiction and anger management classes at the prison. In an interview with a probation officer, he said of Weaver: “I feel bad about what happened to him. He was a family man. He’s someone to whom I don’t think this should have happened, ”according to court records.