- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 2, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A suspected gang member has been imprisoned for his role in the beating deaths of two Lincoln men last year.

Online court records say 23-year-old Tyler Thornburg on Tuesday was given 20 years for manslaughter and 40 to 50 years for use of a deadly weapon, to be served consecutively. He also was given 20 months to five years on an unrelated weapons case. It’s unclear whether that sentence will be served at the same time or also consecutively.

Prosecutors say Thornburg and 20-year-old Ricky McLaughlin III are gang members who used a baseball bat to beat random victims in June 2013 to make a name for their gang. McLaughlin was given similar sentences. The two had taken plea deals to reduce charges of second-degree murder.

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