Lakewood gang member sentenced to 40 years for killing rival

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.

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.