Erick Walker has been sentenced on Tuesday to over 90 years in jail for his involvement in the death of 15-year-old Molly Conley. Conley was fatally shot on her birthday in 2013 when she was walking with a group of her friends along a road near Lake Stevens in Washington State. Walker, 28, was found guilty by a jury, of assault, manslaughter, and five counts of drive-by shooting back in March when the initial trial occurred. Walker was found not guilty on the charge of murder in the first-degree.
To convict someone of murder in the first-degree, a jury must find that the defendant had a premeditated cause to kill someone or acted out with, “extreme indifference of human life.” To convict a defendant of a charge of manslaughter, a jury must determine that the person “recklessly” caused the death of another person.
The prosecutors in the case stated Walker engaged in a three-hour-long shooting spree on June 1, 2013. Moreover, he was, “indiscriminately firing,” from his vehicle. The prosecutors asked for a punishment of 90 years.
Conley’s father, who spoke during the hearing, explained the death of his young daughter, “has broken our family.” He also asked for the maximum amount of years allotted for the charges. Conley’s mother also spoke and said her daughter was not able to live the life for which she had worked so hard.
By Alex Lemieux
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