Gangster gets life in prison for killing elderly woman

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) One of three men accused in the death of an elderly woman was sentenced Tuesday in Kern County court to life without the possibility of parole.

Maxamillon McDonald was found guilty in April of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree robbery and participation in a street gang. McDonald was an active member of the East Side Crips, according to prosecutors.

Guadalupe Ramos, 71, was attacked in August 2012 outside the Foods Co. grocery store on Haley Street.

Co-defendant Christopher Patterson allegedly came up behind Ramos and ripped a gold chain from her neck. That knocked the frail woman to the ground, causing fatal injuries. Ramos suffered emotion-precipitated sudden cardiac death and blows to her trunk and extremities, the coroner's office said.

Co-defendant Lawrence Slaughter was sentenced in May to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Patterson is still awaiting a jury trial verdict.