​For release on December 22, 2016

Amir Alem, Deputy District Attorney
Gangs Unit
(408) 808-3702   SAN JOSE MAN CONVICTED OF 2015 DOWNTOWN MURDER   A 28-year-old San Jose man was convicted this week of first degree murder for shooting a college graduate in the head last year during a downtown fight.
Gregory “G-Stacks” Thompson faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced by the Honorable Griffin M.J. Bonini.
Charges were originally filed against a Richmond, CA man. After a further review of the evidence, it was determined that he was not the shooter. That murder charge was dismissed by the District Attorney’s Office.
“The District Attorney’s Office is not unbending. It is not rigid, or black or white,” prosecutor Amir Alem said. “We are open to looking and analyzing cases and making sure that the correct person is held accountable for committing a crime.”
On June 27, 2015, the victim and his friends got into a dispute with another group near the corner of San Carlos and Third streets. During a fight between the victim’s brother and the defendant’s friend a few blocks away, Thompson – who was angry because he had been called a name - shot 25-year-old Marvin Jackson in the head. He also accidentally shot one of his friends in the hand.
The victim – a Milpitas High School track star - had just moved back to the Bay Area from Kansas where he was a philosophy and history major in college.    # # #

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