- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - Two men convicted of killing an aspiring rapper outside the Seasons Performance Hall last year were sentenced to 22 years in prison.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports (https://bit.ly/1C51wlf ) that 21-year-old Luis Rodriguez-Perez maintained his innocence during the sentencing Friday in Yakima County Superior Court.

Also sentenced was 19-year-old William Martinez.

A jury found both men guilty in April of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Da’Marius Morgan. He was shot on March 22, 2014 at a concert spotlighting local musicians.

Their lawyers argued for lighter sentences, but the prosecutor said a tougher sentence was warranted because Morgan was shot in a crowded street, putting bystanders at risk.

He said the crime also threatened the public’s peace of mind because the hall is a “beacon of arts and culture in this community,” where people should feel safe.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, https://www.yakimaherald.com


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