Supreme Court rules in Ballard High murder

Back in 1994, 16-year-old Melissa Fernandes was killed in a drive-by shooting in front of Ballard High School — a crime that made headlines in Seattle and beyond. The shooter, Brian Ronquillo, was sentenced to 52 years. The driver, Cesar Sarausad II, was convicted of second-degree murder, but an appeals court threw it out over a jury technicality. The case made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and today the high court reinstated Sarausad’s murder conviction. He’s now serving a 27-year sentence.

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