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Man gets 26+ years for killing Tacoma teenager during gang fight

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on June 15, 2011 at 11:11 am |
June 15, 2011 11:11 am

A young man pleaded guilty today to killing a teenager during a gang fight in a South Tacoma alley last fall.

Datrion I. Newton, 18, pleaded to a single count of second-degree murder in the Oct. 3 death of Donald M. McCaney, 17.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Brian Tollefson sentenced Newton to 26 years, two months in prison. Deputy prosecutor Gerry Costello said that was the high end of the standard range.

McCaney died after being shot in an alley between the 4500 blocks of South Union Avenue and South Puget Sound Avenue.

Witnesses told police two rival gangs were engaged in a fistfight in the alley when someone pulled out a gun and fired two shots into the air in an attempt to break up the fracas.

One witness said Newton pulled out a gun of his own and fired at people, court records show.

McCaney, whom Newton described as a friend, was hit, the records show.

Prosecutors originally charged Newton with first-degree murder, saying he showed an “extreme indifference to human life” and “created a grave risk of death” when he fired his gun, records show.

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