The Berkeley man who killed 17-year-old Danville resident Rylan Fuchs was sentenced today to life in prison without parole.
Walter Bell, 22, also received an additional 25 years to life for using a gun in the killing.
Bell was found guilty of shooting the San Ramon Valley High senior outside the Fuchs' home during a marijuana deal in January 2009.
It took a Martinez jury just 40 minutes last month to convict Bell in the killing.
The night of the shooting, Fuchs had agreed to meet his classmate, Aaron Marks, to sell 4 ounces of marijuana. Bell testified that while he was smoking marijuana near Fuchs' home that night, he had no part in the shooting or robbery and believed Marks was the shooter. Marks was killed in Oakland last last year.
"In Mr. Bell's own words, 'the deal went bad,'" prosecutor Jill Henderson told the jury as she wrapped up her case on May 10.
Fuchs died Jan. 20, 2009, on the front porch of his parents' home on El Capitan Drive after being shot in the neck.
Henderson said even if Bell didn't fire the fatal shot, he's still responsible as one of a group of eight young men who hid in bushes, behind a car and near a light pole, waiting to ambush Fuchs.
In her opening statement, Henderson said Bell confessed to at least two people -- his girlfriend and another friend -- that he shot Fuchs. Henderson said Bell told his friend that he meant to shoot the gun to scare Fuchs, not to kill him. Deputy Public Defender Kirk Anthanasiou said both sources were pressured into inaccurate statements by police.
Using a gun in a crime is known as a gun enhancement and can result in additional time added to a sentence in specific instances. Bell also could have received additional time for committing the killing during a robbery.
Following the conviction, jury foreman Steve Headen told reporters that all jury members were on the same page once deliberations began.
"It was pretty much cut and dry. After hearing all the testimony and evidence, there was nothing that left a question," he said, adding that there were many inconsistencies with Bell's testimony.