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Man pleads guilty in fatal Tacoma gang shooting

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Aug. 9, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
August 9, 2010 1:45 pm

A suspected Tacoma gang member pleaded guilty today to second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a teenager attending a birthday party.

Henry Nhem, 19, faces up to 26 years in prison when sentenced Sept. 10.

Nhem pleaded guilty to shooting Phillip G. Johnson, 18, in November 2008. Johnson was gunned down outside the South End Community Center after rival gangs clashed outside. He was attending a birthday party at the center.

Last week, the suspected leader of Nhem’s gang pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the case. Pitra Bay Oeung, 20, faces seven years, two months to nine years, six months in prison when he’s sentenced, also on Sept. 9.

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