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Teenager Gets 34 Years for Shooting Boy

Updated: 04/11/2014 9:24 AM
Created: 04/11/2014 9:22 AM KAALtv.com

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Brooklyn Park teenager is sentenced to more than 34 years in prison for fatally shooting a 13-year-old boy in a case of mistaken identity.

Seventeen-year-old Derrick Catchings admitted firing three shots at Ray'Jon Gomez, who was riding on the back of a friend's bike in August 2011. Catchings says he then handed the gun to a friend, Donquarius Copeland, who fired four more shots. Copeland was also sentenced to more than 34 years in prison.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports (http://bit.ly/1egpUK4 ) authorities say Catchings, Copeland and a third man, Kemen Taylor, were trying to avenge the shooting of Taylor's younger brother by rival gang members. They mistook the victim as a member of that rival gang. The boy steering the bike was also hit by gunfire, but survived.

Taylor is serving a life sentence for the crime.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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4/11/2014 8:00:09 AM (GMT -5:00)

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