By most accounts, Agyei McDaniel and Patrick Nicholas II were close friends.
Related by marriage, they often hung out together. Some people described them as brothers.
So the folks who knew them were hurt and confused last year when McDaniel, 39, was arrested and charged for shooting Nicholas to death at a Tacoma storage facility.
“Nobody really understands what happened that day,” defense attorney Helen Whitener said Thursday as loved ones of both men gathered in a Pierce County courtroom.
Tears were shed on both sides as Superior Court Judge Vicki Hogan gave McDaniel the high end of the sentencing …