Mar 26, 2014 at 7:50 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 19-year-old man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for the shooting death of a 13-year-old Minneapolis boy who was on a bicycle.
Donquarius Copeland was sentenced Tuesday in the death of Ray'Jon Gomez in August 2011.
Copeland pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional murder and attempted murder.
Gomez was riding on the back of a friend's bike when he was hit. The 12-year-old boy steering the bike was also hit by gunfire, but survived.
Authorities say Kemen Taylor persuaded Copeland and Derrick Catchings to shoot at several boys riding bikes in a Minneapolis alley. Taylor was sentenced to life without parole earlier this month.
The judge commended Copeland for testifying against Taylor. Copeland said he's ready to serve his time "like a man."
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