Black Community Leader Gets Three Life Sentences for Murders

Black Community Leader Gets Three Life Sentences for Murders

Yusuf Bey IV of Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland, California, was sentenced for three separate 2007 murders, including the murder of prominent Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey.

Published August 28, 2011

Chauncey Bailey (pictured above), 57, a prominent Oakland journalist, and two others were shot and killed by Yusuf Bey IV in 2007.


Yusuf Bey IV, the man accused of shooting and killing prominent Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey and two others, has been sentenced to three life sentences with no chance of parole.


Bailey, 57, was an editor at the Oakland Post. He was killed by three shotgun blasts in broad daylight as he walked to work on Aug. 2, 2007.


Bey, 25, is the leader of a once-influential Black community group, Your Black Muslim Bakery, in Oakland. Over the years, the organization has lost its social status and has been linked to criminal activity.


Prosecutors say Bey killed Bailey because the journalist was working on a story about the bakery’s infighting and financial woes.


The San Francisco Chronicle Writes:


Yusuf Bey IV, 25, denied that he had ordered the killings and, in a statement read by his attorney, said, "I will not rest until I find those who are truly responsible for setting this operation up."


Bey's sentencing was a final act of sorts for Your Black Muslim Bakery, the Black empowerment group his father formed in Oakland in the 1960s. At its height, the group aspired to promote healthful dietary habits in the African-American community and recruit local Blacks, mostly men, for positions of responsibility.


When his turn to give a statement came, Bey mixed defiance with a vague apology to the families of Bailey and the two other men whose killings an Alameda County jury found he had ordered.


Bey was convicted in June for the separate killings of Bailey, Michael Wills and Odell Roberson in 2007.


Written by Britt Middleton


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