LONG BEACH (KNX1070) — A 17-year-old boy has entered a no contest plea in connection with the shooting death of a Long Beach honor student.

Melody Ross, 16, was struck and killed by a stray bullet when a fight broke out between rival gang members following a Wilson High School homecoming football game in 2009.

KNX 1070’s Kim Marriner reports that 17-year-old Daivion Davis is expected to receive 8 years and four months in juvenile custody after entering his no contest plea to manslaughter and attempted murder.

The alleged triggerman, identified as 18-year-old Tom Love Vinson, is scheduled to go on trial Monday as an adult. He was 16 at the time of the crime.

Vinson, who is charged with murder and four counts of attempted murder, faces 210 years in prison, if convicted.

In addition to Ross’ death, two other young men were wounded in the shooting.

Comments (7)
  1. Epic Fail of Judicial Sys says:

    This kid serves 8 years in Juv while
    The Oxnard kid who was 16 at the time of his crime
    is charged as an adult?

    1. sharon says:

      He was actually 14. It is really sad.

    2. rich says:

      the reason why the one guy gets 8 years and the other is charged as an adult is the one getting the lessor sentance was the one being shot at where as the one being charged as an adult was the one that fired the gun that killed the bystander i agree both should get equal treatment but since one was the actual shooter who killed the honor student he will get a worse ride

  2. CAN says:

    Only 8 years? This is what’s wrong with the justice system. Drug dealers get more time and no one dies.

    1. SIGH says:


      1. jim says:

        grow up sigh

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