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Originally published Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 7:01 PM

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50-year sentence in shooting death of WA boy, 12

A 36-year-old gang member has been sentenced to a half century in prison in the April 2010 murder of a boy who was mistaken for a rival gang member.

The Associated Press

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SEATTLE —

A 36-year-old gang member has been sentenced to a half century in prison in the April 2010 murder of a boy who was mistaken for a rival gang member.

Curtis Walker was convicted in King County Superior Court of murdering 12-year-old Alajawan Brown, who was shot in the back outside a convenience store south of Seattle. Walker was sentenced Thursday.

The boy had been returning home after buying a pair of football cleats with money he'd earned doing yard work. Prosecutors said Walker looked at the boy's clothing and mistakenly thought Brown was a member of a rival Crips gang involved in a nearby shootout just minutes earlier. Walker was a 20-year member of another gang.

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