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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 with 4 Comments »
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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  1. JessicaW71970 says:

    If we could only get these kids out of the gangs and into something positive…. what about the parents, why are they not held accountable for some part in this, or are they even a part of this CHILD’s LIFE? Time to BE A COMMUNITY TOGETHER South Tacoma, show these kids that believe gangbanging is not going to get you anywhere but dead or in jail….

  2. chillmama says:


    You should see the comments on the article about the lack of summer programs for kids on the Eastside. According to those people commenting it’s not a community issue when kids are in gangs or get into trouble.

  3. JessicaW71970 says:

    I read that article this morning and am very disenchanted by the loss of these programs, especially on the East Side where they really are needed.

  4. Unfortunately, these aren’t the type of kids that want to be ‘involved’ in teen programs, they want to create, ‘programs of destruction’ on their own. This is clearly a parental issue, or lack their of. They should all be cited for poor parenting and made to take parenting classes. They alone, let their kids go wild and have lost control. Sad.

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