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Life in prison for fatal shooting of boy in 2011

  • Associated Press
  • March 6, 2014 - 6:20 AM

MINNEAPOLIS — A man who persuaded two teens to shoot at a several boys riding bikes in a Minneapolis alley, killing one of them, has been sent to prison for life.

A Hennepin County jury convicted 27-year-old Kemen Taylor of first-degree murder and eight other counts in the shooting death of 13-year-old Rayjon Gomez in August of 2011. Taylor's accomplices pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and testified against him.

Taylor was immediately sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday. Gomez was riding on the back of a friend's bike when he was hit. The 12-year-old boy steering the bike was also hit by gunfire, but survived.

Testimony during the trial indicated Taylor wanted revenge for the shooting of his younger brother, but that Gomez was not the person they were trying to find.

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