Crime

Cellphone dispute that turned fatal sends 2 more to prison

Two men who were part of an argument about cellphones that left a Tacoma man dead have been sentenced.

Larnell Griffin, 35, was fatally shot April 16, 2015, at his apartment at South 40th and Lawrence streets.

Pierce County prosecutors said three men went to the apartment. During the cellphone dispute, one of the men pointed a gun at Griffin and fatally shot him in the chest as he struggled for the weapon.

The shooter was sentenced earlier this month, and the other men were sentenced last week after negotiations with prosecutors.

David Wayne Turner, 37, pleaded guilty to first-degree rendering criminal assistance and unlawful gun possession. Superior Court Judge Jerry Costello gave him seven years, three months in prison.

Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson sentenced 33-year-old Jonathan Donell Turner to five years, seven months in prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery and unlawful gun possession.

It was an Alford plea, which means he maintains his innocence, but believes he’d likely be convicted at trial.

The shooter, 38-year-old Thomas Sterling Potts, was sentenced to 25 years in prison Aug. 4 for Griffin’s death, and for the fatal shooting of 49-year-old Clarence Tate, which happened in Parkland in 2013.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell

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