Crime

Tacoma man gets 53-year sentence in fatal motel-room robbery

A 32-year-old Tacoma man convicted of helping to plan a robbery that turned deadly was sentenced Tuesday to 53 years in prison.

Damien Davis was convicted by a Pierce County jury earlier this year of first-degree murder and other charges in the death of Donald Phily, 42.

Deputy prosecutors argued that Davis and two other men planned to rob Phily in a Tacoma motel room on March 29, 2013. They then recruited Ariel Abrejera to drive the getaway car.

Davis waited in the car outside while Marcus Reed and Daniel Davis, no relation to Damien, went inside.

Prosecutors believe Reed shot Phily and that he and Daniel Davis then stole electronics, including cell phones, from the room.

Daniel Davis, 27, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 21 years in prison last week.

Abrejera, 24, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery in the case and got three years, five months in prison. She and Daniel Davis testified for the state.

Reed, 27, also was convicted of first-degree murder and is to be sentenced next month. He faces life without parole under Washington’s “three strikes” law.

Adam Lynn: 253-597-8644, @TNTAdam

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