MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 19-year-old man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for the shooting death of a 13-year-old Minneapolis boy who was on a bicycle.
Donquarius Copeland was sentenced Tuesday in the death of Ray'Jon Gomez in August 2011.
Copeland pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional murder and attempted murder.
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.
Authorities say Kemen Taylor persuaded Copeland and Derrick Catchings to shoot at several boys riding bikes in a Minneapolis alley. Taylor was sentenced to life without parole earlier this month.
The judge commended Copeland for testifying against Taylor. The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1fZa1C1 ) reports Copeland said he's ready to serve his time "like a man."
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com