Oroville Greyhound bus shooter sentenced to 74 years to life

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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The shooting left 43-year-old Karen Dalton dead and four others injured, including her 11-year-old daughter.

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. — A Sacramento man was sentenced Friday after shooting multiple people and killing one on a Greyhound bus in Oroville in February 2022.

According to the Butte County District Attorney’s Office, 23-year-old Asaahdi Coleman was sentenced to 74 years to life in prison.

Coleman got on the bus in Redding February 2, 2022, and took a seat in the back.

The bus, which was headed for Los Angeles, stopped in Chico at which time passengers reported Coleman was acting ‘paranoid and agitated.’ Conversation about Los Angeles led to Coleman showing people onboard that he had a gun.

Then, once at a convenience store in Oroville, Coleman started shooting as people exited the bus leaving 43-year-old Karen Dalton dead and four other people injured.

He dropped the gun at a nearby construction site, ran to a Walmart, got into a fight with a woman’s boyfriend and stripped before he was arrested.

At the time, the sheriff said Coleman thought one of the passengers was an undercover officer and he had a felony warrant out of Alameda County for probation violation.

Karen Dalton was traveling with her two children from Washington to New Mexico at the time of the shooting. Her 11-year-old daughter was one of the people injured in the shooting.

The daughter spoke to the court via remote video Friday and told them she still has recurring nightmares after the deadly shooting.

Another victim, 34-year-old Bobby Farber, spoke from his wheelchair and told the court he was permanently paralyzed from the shooting and has constant pain. He was injured while protecting Dalton’s children from gunfire.

Another victim, 27-year-old Rose Whitley, said she has constant pain in her tailbone from shrapnel. She was pregnant at the time of the shooting and gave birth prematurely.

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey says — despite the sentence — Coleman is eligible for parole after 25 years due to California’s Youthful Offender Parole law.

: Oroville Greyhound bus shooting leaves 11-year-old girl and pregnant woman hurt

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.

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