OAKLAND — Two Oakland men pleaded no contest to manslaughter and were sentenced to 15 years in state prison in a deal with Alameda County prosecutors, records show.
Alkhem Session, 30, and Armond Hamilton, 35, pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the 2016 killing of 22-year-old Damien Traylor. They were both transferred to the state prison system on Nov. 16 from Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, records show.
Session and Hamilton were identified as two of the three people who attacked and shot Traylor outside an apartment on the 800 block of East 24th Street in Oakland on Nov. 4, 2016. One of Traylor’s friends told police that she, Traylor, and another man had travelled from Las Vegas to Oakland that day, and at about 9 a.m. the third friend stopped in that location and burglarized an apartment while she and Traylor slept in their Mercedes.
She told police they were awakened when three angry men confronted her and Traylor about the burglary. During this confrontation Traylor was beaten and shot. She later identified Session and Hamilton from police photo lineups, according to police testimony at the 2017 preliminary hearing. They were arrested about six weeks after the shooting.
The third suspect has not been charged, according to court records. Session and Hamilton will receive credit for the roughly six years they spent behind bars while the case was pending, and will be eligible for parole sometime in 2028.
Both Session and Hamilton are incarcerated at Wasco State Prison, roughly 250 miles from the Bay Area, records show.