A 22-year-old Tacoma man was sentenced Friday to 37 years in prison after being convicted in the shooting death of his friend, whose body he later dumped in a garbage bin.
A Pierce County jury in April convicted Anthony Tyrone Clark of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Prosecutors asked for a sentence of 40 years. Defense attorneys wanted a sentence of 33 years, saying Clark has a low IQ and learning disabilities that impaired his judgment the day of the killing.
Devondre Davis, 16, died in Spetember 2011 after being shot in the head inside a Tacoma apartment.
Prosecutors contended at trial that Clark killed his friend to rob him of crack cocaine that he later tried to sell. He stuffed the teenager’s body into a garbage bin after the shooting, they argued.
Defense attorneys called the shooting a terrible accident, saying Clark inadvertently fired the handgun he was holding for Davis while the teenager searched through a closet looking for something to sell.
Police later found a pistol and vial of crack cocaine in the toilet tank in the apartment.