Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Man gets 82 years to life for murdering lesbian in SF

Michael Sione Green. Photo: Courtesy SFPD

Michael Sione Green. Photo: Courtesy SFPD

A judge in San Francisco sentenced Michael Sione Green, 27, Monday (June 6) to 82 years to life in prison for the November 2013 murder of a lesbian and the attempted murder of her friend near the gay Club OMG nightclub.

In August, a jury convicted Green of shooting Melquiesha Warren, 23, and her friend Danisha Bean after a minor collision in a parking lot near the club. Warren died, but Bean survived and testified at Green’s trial. Several witnesses told jurors that Warren had pleaded with Green to “wait” before he shot her in the face. Green shot Bean as she remained strapped into the car she and Warren had been in. After the incident, he fled to Florida, where he was arrested months later.

“This was an extremely heinous crime that left one woman deceased and one severely injured,” said District Attorney George Gascón in a news release.  “A woman who had her hands up was effectively murdered over a fender bender.  The only appropriate outcome for someone who takes life with this level of ease and callousness is to spend the rest of their days behind bars.”

Assistant District Attorney Heather Trevisan, who prosecuted the case, stated, “Ms. Bean’s bravery is to be commended. She witnessed a violent man shoot her childhood friend, and she was brave enough to take the stand and play a critical role in holding him accountable.”

Besides convicting Green of murder and attempted murder, jurors also found him guilty of assault, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and other charges.

The Bay Area Reporter will have more on this story in the Thursday, June 8 edition.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, June 6, 2017 @ 3:37 pm PST
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