- Associated Press - Thursday, November 17, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - A 55-year-old Seattle man has been sentenced to 34 years in prison for the murder of an art teacher.

The Seattle Times reports (https://goo.gl/5rpbZl ) Richard Roundtree, who also goes by the name Richard Whitaker, was sentenced Tuesday in the December shooting. Brent McDonald, a 49-year-old teacher, was killed around 3 a.m. Dec. 12.

Prosecutors said at trial that McDonald’s chance meeting with Roundtree and his girlfriend on a downtown Seattle street was captured by a video-surveillance camera. Prosecutors say it didn’t show any kind of argument between the two men.

The video showed Roundtree pull a gun and shoot McDonald, then flee with his girlfriend in a car.

Roundtree had claimed self-defense but the jury didn’t believe his account that McDonald had been behaving aggressively, prompting Roundtree to shoot.


Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com

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