From NBC San Diego:

A documented gang member was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Thursday for killing two women caught in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting on New Year’s Day in 2003.

James Carter, 37, smiled as the judge handed down the sentence in a downtown San Diego Superior Court. He was later seen mouthing the words to relatives, “I’ll be out in three years.”

Carter was convicted of firing more than 30 bullets from an AK-47 into a white sedan belonging to Sharon Burton, killing her and her friend, Carol Waites, said Deputy District Attorney Robert Hickey.

“Pictures of Miss Burton’s car remind us more of scenes out of Mogadishu or Baghdad than San Diego,” Hickey said. “This crime turned a neighborhood store into a war zone.”

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