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Ex-convict sentenced to seven years in prison in Rohnert Park man's death

  • Friends of Kevin Craft presented his mother, Debbie Craft, with a heart-shaped pendant on Mother's Day. Kevin Craft was killed on April 22.(Christopher Chung/The Press Democrat)

A Sacramento ex-convict who shot and killed a Rohnert Park man prosecutors believe was trying to rob a prostitute was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison.

Berry Adams, 33, was found guilty of being a felon with a gun in the April 22, 2011, killing of Kevin "Ziggy" Craft, 20, at the Best Western Inn on Redwood Drive.

Early on, prosecutors ruled out bringing murder charges against Adams, a suspected pimp with a long criminal history. Evidence showed Adams acted in self-defense when Craft pulled a gun on him and the woman, said Bill Brockley, chief deputy district attorney.

Speaking before more than a dozen of Craft's friends and family members gathered for the sentencing, Adams said it came down to a choice of kill or be killed.

"If I didn't have possession of a firearm it would have been two dead bodies instead of one," said Adams, clad in a blue jail uniform.

Adams chafed at criticism from Craft's family members who suggested he acted cruelly by leaving Craft to bleed to death in the hotel parking lot.

"He's dead and I'm the bad person," Adams said.

Adams' comments followed emotional pleas from Craft's family. His sister, Camille Craft, told Adams her brother's "blood will always be on your hands." The father, Curtis Craft, called Adams a "sex trafficker."

Curtis Craft said he supported the charges because "25 percent of something is better than 100 percent of nothing."

In handing down his punishment, Judge Dana Simonds focused on Adams' past, which included five felony convictions and a two-year prison stint for a 2002 San Francisco burglary.

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