LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A 21-year-old man Friday was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison for wounding four people in a shooting outside a Halloween party on the USC campus in 2012.

Brandon Spencer was convicted in February of four counts of attempted murder after opening fire outside the party sponsored by the Black Student Assembly on Oct. 31, 2012.

Prosecutors argued during the trial the shooting was a result of a feud between Spencer and a rival gang member and that he was a “documented, well-known” gang member himself.

He pleaded leniency in court Friday asking for a second chance at life and reacted angrily when the judge announced his sentence, officials said.

After hearing his conviction earlier in the year, Spencer flipped over a chair and begged deputies to shoot him.

Because Spencer nor any of the four victims were USC students, the school now requires all visitors to register before granting entry to the campus between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. as a result of the shooting.

The policy (PDF) took effect at the start of the Spring 2013 semester.


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