Crime

Teen pleads guilty in fatal Hilltop shooting

A 16-year-old pleaded guilty Tuesday to fatally shooting a man in Tacoma’s Hilltop in November.

Domunick Marcus Smiley, who was 15 when he killed 19-year-old Philip Ryan Jr. on Nov. 7, will face 21 years, eight months behind bars after admitting to charges of second-degree murder and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. He was initially charged as a juvenile, but as part of his plea agreed to be charged as an adult in Pierce County Superior Court.

Jasiah Inpeace Tolbert, 17; Isiah Jaycee Cavitt, 18; and Arkeats Lintel Ross, 19, are also charged in Ryan’s death. Their jury trial is set for Sept. 14, according to Pierce County court records.

Tolbert is charged with second-degree murder and drive-by shooting, and Cavitt and Ross face second-degree murder charges. All three are in custody in lieu of $1 million bail.

According to court documents:

Smiley, Tolbert, Cavitt and Ross were driving southbound on Martin Luther King Jr. Way about 1 p.m. Nov. 7 when Smiley, gun in hand, asked Tolbert to pull over near South Ninth Avenue.

Smiley went across the street to a group at a bus stop and confronted Ryan, saying Ryan had sexually assaulted a Smiley’s relative.

Smiley then pulled out a pistol and shot Ryan multiple times.

As Ryan crossed the street to flee, Smiley shot him again.

Ryan was taken to St. Joseph’s Medical Center nearby, where he died of gunshot wounds to his upper back.

Smiley fled the state after the shooting and was arrested in California.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker

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