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Fairfield man sentenced to life in 2021 Oakland homicide

OAKLAND — A Fairfield man whose late father beat two murder charges in the 1990s has been sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, plus an additional three years, for the 2021 murder of an Oakland man.

Latrail White, 28, was sentenced in October by Judge Thomas Reardon. He is next due in court Thursday for a restitution hearing and remains in Santa Rita Jail pending transfer to the state prison system.

White was convicted in September of murdering 48-year-old Travis Ward, of Oakland. Ward was shot and killed around 9 a.m. on July 24, 2021, in the 1600 block of Foothill Boulevard. Police say a Mercedes Benz pulled up next to him and a person in the car shot him six times, striking him in the chest, buttocks, and hip.

Deputy District Attorney Abigail Mulvihill asked in a sentencing memo that White receive life without parole, writing that he likely lied under oath when he testified and denied involvement in the murder.

“Furthermore, the Defendant has shown no sympathy for his actions throughout this case,” Mulvihill wrote. “He has never taken responsibility for this murder nor attempted to show any remorse to the family of the victim.”

Ward was pulled over in Berkeley driving a Mercedes similar to one scene at the site of Ward’s murder. Authorities say that on White’s phone, they found text messages where he discussed “murders, rats, snitches,” winning acquittals in criminal cases, and referencing the legacy of his father, Apondo White, who allegedly controlled central Oakland crack cocaine markets in the 1990s and beat two murder cases.

Apondo White was murdered in 1994.

Latrail White maintains his innocence and is appealing his conviction, his attorney said in a written statement.

Police have not disclosed the suspected motive in Ward’s killing.

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