Richmond gang member sentenced to 10 years in connection with killing of 16-year-old in 2010

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A Richmond gang member received a 10-year prison sentence Thursday after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter in connection with the shooting death of 16-year-old Akeem Rouse on Aug. 29, 2010, according to Bay City News.

Darious Lewis shot Rouse seven or eight times at the corner of Curry Street and Macdonald Avenue about 10 a.m. and later confessed to the crime, authorities said. After the killing, Lewis fled but made certain to high-five other gang members on the way, prosecutors said.

Lewis’ DNA was found on the murder weapon, which police picked up two blocks away on First Street, according to Bay City News.

Contra Costa County prosecutors struck a plea deal with Lewis because they struggled to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt, as two witnesses struggled to identify the shooter.

Prosecutors said they are confident the right person is being locked up.

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