A 34-year-old Lakewood man was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison for shooting a rival gang member to death during an argument over whose gang was better.
A Pierce County jury convicted William Horton Jr. of first-degree murder last month.
Police said Horton shot Charles Pitts to death in October 2012.
The two were visiting a mutual friend’s home when they got into a heated discussion over whose gang was better. The pair began “slap-boxing” before Horton pulled out a .45-caliber pistol and shot Pitts twice, court records show. Pitts was 29.
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Horton allegedly told detectives he shot Pitts because the victim had hit him too hard during the boxing match and also had insulted his gang, the records show.