- Associated Press - Monday, September 1, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A suspected gang member has been sentenced to prison for helping beat to death two Lincoln men last year.

Online court records say 20-year-old Ricky McLaughlin III was given 20 to 30 years for manslaughter, 40 to 50 years for use of a deadly weapon and four to five years for an unrelated sex assault.

He and Tyler Thornburg took plea deals to reduce their second-degree murder charges. The men admitted to the assaults of 20-year-old Nathan “Shane” Walton and 27-year-old David Mueller. Prosecutors say the assailants are gang members who used a baseball bat to beat random victims in June 2013 to make a name for their gang.

Thornburg is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday.

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