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A racist was arrested, charged and convicted of murder after killing a man because he was black, prosecutors in California said.
Now, 67-year-old Darryl Harnish of Long Beach, is facing 85 years to life in state prison when he returns for sentencing at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Department 125.
He has remained in custody since his arrest. Deputy District Attorney Jack Garden with the Crimes Against Peace Officers Section prosecuted the case.
A jury deliberated one day before finding Harnish guilty of the first-degree murder of Terry Alexander, the attempted murder of Long Beach Police Officer Arthur Vega and one count of assault with a semiautomatic firearm of a peace officer.
Garden said that shortly after midnight, Harnish yelled racial slurs and threatened to kill three black people sitting on a bus bench at Pacific Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach.
As Alexander rode his bike towards Harnish, the defendant pulled out a gun and fired twice, killing him. Garden said Officer Vega was about a block away when he heard the gun shots.
When he arrived at the scene, Harnish turned and fired twice at the officer. One bullet hit the police vehicle’s hood and a second went through the windshield.
Officer Vega was not struck.